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Butler to unveil new mobile website

By Shari Ingles
On March 8, 2012

 

Butler Library is currently developing a mobile website that will be available to students on
smart phone platforms like Android and the iPhone.
 
Butler Mobile (Beta) is being designed by Dennis Reed Jr., webmaster for IT policy and
communications at the University at Buffalo. Emerging technologies librarian Ken Fujiuchi said
Reed introduced the concept for the website last April and designed it to test how the program
would work and how successful it would be.
 
Since then, Fujiuchi said considerable progress has been made, and continues to be made each
day.
 
Program features will include online book renewal, Butler News headlines and a schedule for
research or endnote appointments. It will also allow students to search the library's catalog and
send a catalog record to their phone by text or email, view library maps and check library hours
for that day, Fujiuchi said.
 
Butler Mobile has had over 1,000 views on mobile devices within the last month, said web
developer and communications specialist Chris Parana.
 
A preview of the new website will be available soon but the site will not officially be up and
running until September. This website will have a lot of the same features and will be more
updated but a lot of the excitement is on the technological side of the program, Parana said.
 
Butler Library technicians are hoping the new website will be more updated and facilitate more
advanced features for Butler Mobile as well as the library's current website, Parana said.
 
"The new website is going to use a program called responsive web design," Parana said. "In
the past you would have to build a regular site and a mobile version of the site, but now we only
have to build one site. The logic will already be built into the site which automatically rearranges
itself for a smaller screen so it optimizes itself for both big and large screens."
 
Students as well as Butler Library faculty said they look forward to the easy access of Butler
Mobile, as well as its host of features.
 
"It is a great way to find something that is currently available at anytime," said Joseph
Szprygada, help desk assistant.
 
Butler Mobile can be accessed at http://library.buffalostate.edu/m. For more information visit
Butler Library's website at http://library.buffalostate.edu/.
 
Shari Ingles can be reached at ingles.record@live.com.

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