Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Digital Collections? There’s an App for That.

Duke Today / Tuesday / June 16 2009

Treasures Move From Library Shelves to the iPhone With New DukeMobile Applications

New applications offer a range of university materials, services

Durham, NC -- Scholars and students who once had to travel to museums or libraries to view collections of historic images can now do so by clicking on their mobile device instead.

With the launch of DukeMobile 1.1, the Duke University Libraries now offers the most comprehensive university digital image collection specifically formatted for an iPhone or iTouch device. It includes thousands of photos and other artifacts that range from early beer advertisements to materials on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene in the 1960s.

Although a growing number of scholarly institutions offer images and other material online, Duke is the first to offer collections that take advantage of the iPhone’s design, navigation and other features.


Duke University Libraries offers mobile users digital materials from 20 collections -- about 32,000 images overall -- covering women’s history, early American sheet music, Duke history and other topics. The libraries will add new collections regularly as they become available.

“Making these collections available for the iPhone and similar devices is important not only to extend access to Duke’s collections, but also as a milestone in the evolution of academic libraries from traditional print repositories to institutions that embrace new technology for sharing their rich resources with broader audiences,” said university librarian Deborah Jakubs.

"Duke believes in putting its knowledge in service to society, and we are making a major commitment to reach well beyond our campus by placing our collections literally into people’s hands.”


The DukeMobile Version 1.1 suite of apps also includes an expanded schedule of courses and improvements to the campus map.

Duke’s Office of Information Technology and Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations have developed DukeMobile in partnership with TerriblyClever Design, a California-based web services company.

Users of iPhones and iPod Touch devices can install DukeMobile by visiting the DukeMobile page in the iTunes App Store.

Users of other wireless devices with browsers compatible with WAP 1.0 and 2.0 protocols should point their browsers to

Ilene Nelson / Director of Communications / (919) 660-5816 /

© 2009 Office of News & Communications


BTW: Thanks To Sean Aery / Web Designer / Digital Projects Department / Duke University Libraries For The HeadsUp !

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