The project has given us the opportunity to verify what our learners want from a single search box for mobiles and to improve the mobile search tool we offer. Working with the EBSCO API has provided our Systems Development team with valuable experience which can be carried forward to improve the search/discovery experience on our main website.
As the mobile site is not yet heavily used we have been able to use it to test some experimental tools, such as listing recent search terms and recently read items for individual users.
For our students the advantage of mobile access to materials is the flexibility it offers. If you unexpectedly have a little spare time your mobile can help you use it productively. If you can’t access the family computer because your children are doing their homework your smartphone provides an alternative.