29/4 Add Ebscohost database
08/6 Added Factiva for iPad
06/11 Added Springerlink
11/11 Added Heinonline for iPhone & iPad
Got your IPhone recently and want a quick overview of what innovative librarians , library or library vendors have done with IPhone apps? For comparison of library web Apps instead see "What are mobile friendly library sites offering? A survey."
I was in this situation in Dec 2009 and did quite a bit of research, so to save you all time, I offer the following list plus commentary .This is not meant to be a complete guide on what are the best general interest Iphone apps (typically this involves picking a Twitter client, IM Client, RSS feed reader, online storage service like dropbox etc). Such lists already exist , but rather this is list of apps that are of interest to librarians, or have being used by Librarians in library settings.
I've decided not to link directly to the App store, mainly because the link has to be country specific?, and this blog serves an international audience so there is no one best link. To find the app, just do a search in the appstore with the app name. Do note that in some rare cases (e.g. WorldCat), the app might not be available depending on your location.
These are search apps offered by specific database vendors that make searching such databases on Iphones easier.
AccessMyLibrary (Gale Cengage)
ACS Mobile ( American Chemical Society publication ) - Not free?
DataFinder (World Bank - World Development Indicators)
Factiva for iPad
iResearch (American Institute of Physics)
Naxos Music Library
New England Journal of Medicine iPhone App
OECD Factbook 2010
OverDrive Audio Book App/ OverDrive Media Console app
ScienceDirect (Lite) – institutional subscribers version
Databases that are mobile (web) friendly can be found here.
As of April 29 2011, I have stopped updating this section, as the number of libraries with native mobile apps have exploded. Many are using Boopsie, Library Anywhere . Boopsie allows "BookCheck - a new feature that allows library patrons to check out books and other materials using a mobile phone."
HK libraries (searches consortium of HongKong Libraries)
LAPL to GO (Los Angeles Public Libraries)
Library of Congress Virtual Tour (Tour only)
Long Beach (CA) Public Library
MoBul Brown Library (Brown University Library)
NP Library app (Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library)
SJPL (San José Public Library)
SP Library (Singapore Polytechnic Library)
Digital collections only
Sobek PH (University of Florida Digital Collections)
SobekPH UF Archives
Dukemobile (Part of Duke University IPhone app)
Harvard Mobile (Part of Harvard University IPhone app)
iUsask (Part of University of Saskatchewan IPhone app)
MySDmobile (University of San Diego Library) (Part of University IPhone app, just catalogue)
I find myself using this a lot on the go.
Kindle for iphone - Now allows ebook checkouts from libraries
Bluefire Reader -
These class of apps can be used to convert your Iphone into a slide controller. Use your Iphone to move slides forward and backwards with one flick! Some apps will allow you to see the next slides and/or your notes, either in split screen or full screen mode.
Personally I think it's between Mypoint or i-Clickr, but the free version of Mypoint is pretty functional, while the free version of i-Clickr is limited to only 15 slides.
Mighty Meeting - This is very interesting app, that allows you to control web presentations using your Iphone.
BlackBoard learn - Use this to keep in touch with assignments posted on the popular courseware
Papers for iPhone - Papers is a popular mac reference manager, but they also have a standalone reference manager that works even if you don't use a mac. The reference manager Wizfolio is planning a iPhone app as well.
Prowl - Use this for roving librarians who are equipped with Iphones/Itouches, users can summon librarians for help. See here
Tungle - Use this for scheduling appointments - covered here
Foursquare and other location apps - Libraries are using this to offer prizes to "mayors", Covered here and here
GoodReader - Tom Boone suggests using this to make it easy to download PDF of articles and to email them.
Safari to Go (iPad)
Hope this list has being helpful.
Top 30 Library iPhone Apps
Library Success wiki - Also has an excellent section on mobile libraries that goes beyond just Iphone. apps.
Library mobile apps vs web apps - Some analysis
Library Resources for Mobile Devices - Good Libguide covering academic related mobile sites and apps
Library Mobile Trends - Good overview presentation on Mobile as a whole
Resourceshelf - Reports on library related news including announcements of library apps