On this topic, I'd suggest that Texas libraries interested in developing
mobile apps consider applying for funding from the Texas State Library and
Archives Commission:

2nd Round of Funding for TexShare Libraries to Go Mobile! Intent Forms due July
31, 2013.

TSLAC has assisted over 50 libraries enhance their mobile presence this
year. Wed like to continue to support libraries in their efforts to go
mobile with Round 2 Funding. Funding available for FY2014 (September 2013 
September 2014)

TSLAC will support TexShare libraries or library consortia interested in
building or expanding their mobile presence through mobile-accessible
library catalogs, mobile-accessible library web sites, mobile apps, and/or
other services focused on the mobile library user. This can include design
changes to existing sites/catalogs or complete alternatives specifically
made for the mobile environment. TSLAC is offering subsidies ranging from
$3,000 to $15,000 (depending upon library type and size).  Intent forms are
available at the program website ( ) Submit an
intent form by July 31, 2013.

First-time requests will receive top priority for funding.  If funding
permits, we will also accept projects from libraries that received Round 1
funding and want to develop additional mobile services.

Round 2 Timeline:
June 24, 2013: Library Intent forms available on TSLAC website
July 31, 2013: Last day to submit an Intent form
August 31, 2013: Last date to submit a Round 2 Project Summary Form
October 1, 2013: If project includes a subscription, latest start date for
full 12-month funding
September 30, 2014: Projects completed; All items must be delivered;
Subscription funding concludes
 Fall 2014: Project reports due

Questions can be addressed to Beverley Shirley at
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Danielle Cunniff Plumer
dcplumer associates
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On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM, William Helman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Kalie,
> Two of my graduate assistants and I recently developed a user-centered
> mobile
> web app/interface <> for our library. We
> spent
> a lot of time doing focus groups and user testing over the course of two
> semesters worth of development time, and have been pretty happy with the
> results. One suggestion I would definitely have is to use a web framework
> like jQuery Mobile <> or
> Bootstrap<>to jump start
> your efforts. Then, later when you have everything the way
> you want it, you can use a service like PhoneGap <> to
> wrap it up into native apps you can offer on Google Play or Apple's App
> Store.
> If you're interested I've presented a few times on it during the lifetime
> of the project, and have the (slightly similar) slide decks posted to
> SlideShare: Society for Scholarly Publishing 2011 Fall
> Seminar<
> >,
> Internet Librarian
> 2012<>
> and
> recently at an Amigos Online
> conference<
> That last one was on how we used responsive design techniques to re-purpose
> our mobile site to act as the interface on 3 iPad search kiosks I've
> installed here at Langsdale.
> I've also published our code at
> I'd be happy to talk more about our experiences, just send me an email if
> you're interested.
>   -Bill Helman
> Integrated Digital Services Librarian. The University of Baltimore,
> Langsdale Library
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> | @thinkpol <>
> On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM, Kaile Zhu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Anybody has experience on how to build mobile app for your library?  If
> > your library paid for the development, please also share your experience.
> >  Thanks.  - Kelly
> >