Scaling down our web page

January 22, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Now that I’ve joined the ranks of mobile device users, each time I look at our library’s web page I become frustrated with its clutter and design.  When I view it at work, it’s done on a 22-inch monitor and it doesn’t look too bad.  Even at home I have a 19-inch screen.  Reality hits when I view it on an iPod Touch or an iPhone – or, gasp, a Blackberry!

The result of this frustration is a patron survey on our current home page, the first step in finding out what our mobile users would like to see on a text-based version of our page.  When I compile the results, a new and sleeker page will be created to run on small screens and we’ll then begin work on moving to Joomla for our regular page.

According to presenters at the most recent Internet Librarian Conference, the majority of people worldwide will be using mobile devices to access the Web by 2020.  Each month I use my Google Analytics to see which browsers are used to view our web site.  The percentage of mobile device browsers is growing steadily, with iPhone and iPod touch devices leading the pack and Droid users a close second.  Blackberry users come in a distant third in our geographic location.  With this information in mind, I look forward to analyzing the results of my SurveyMonkey in a few weeks and getting down to the business of making our Library’s page a joy to use for our growing group of mobile users.

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