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Mobile devices have become more ubiquitous among academic library users. It’s now common to see through analytics that smartphones, tablet computers, e-readers, and even portable gaming consoles are connecting to online library services. This chapter is a case study of how a small academic library supported its users through the creation of a mobile-optimized library website. It documents the chronological changes from the website’s humble beginnings on a shared Windows IIS server to its current configuration on a Linux-based cloud server. Throughout its existence, the website was developed with adaptability in mind, and flexibility, in order to respond to unpredictable changes in information technology. This adaptability includes not only the changing landscape with regard to standards for mobile website development, but also changes in user preferences over time with regard to devices and website architecture.


This work was originally published in "Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning," edited by R. Canuel and C. Chrichton.

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