KCLS Mobile Library App

The King County Library System suffered from an unusual conundrum; the computers they provided were being used the majority of the time by those accessing functions other than the library catalog, and yet the majority of users had catalog access as their first goal.

Their existing research indicated that mobile technology might be a good solution, presenting a convenient way for users to access the catalog while wandering the library on the wireless LAN. It would also provide a solid platform for future mobile applications (wayfinding, remote access, etc.) However, their first priority was to test the waters.

This Proof of Concept (POC) was designed to do just that, leveraging their existing technologies through XSL transformations to present their existing catalog on small form factor devices, such as PDAs.

Note: This project is so old I just packed away the images; it was pretty ahead of its time at the time, though!