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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 7, 2011

New iPhone app enhances access to Owens Library

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - For decades the B.D. Owens Library at Northwest Missouri State University has been known for its technological sophistication and advanced services. Now the library is implementing an application to serve its growing base of mobile device users.

A new iPhone application enables users to search the library's catalog and manage personal accounts. With the application, users on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can search the library's catalog by keyword and scroll through entries showing titles, publishers, authors and availability. Users also can pull up their accounts to reserve and renew items.

Users can download and install the app for free by logging on to the iTunes App Store and searching for "Owens Library" or by clicking here.

"I'm really excited about this," said Dr. Leslie Galbreath, director of academic and library services. "One of the things Owens Library has always done really, really well is enhance excellent customer service with current technology. This is just one of several ongoing efforts to bring connectivity and better access to our users."

Hong Gyu Han, the library's automation specialist, designed the library app as a project for an iPhone development class he enrolled in last trimester. His work at the library includes developing and maintaining the facility's computer systems, hardware and software. 

Han said he saw a demand for the iPhone app, considering statistics show about 65 percent of people who access the Owens Library catalog with a mobile device do so with an iPhone. The iPod and iPad also are among the top five mobile devices used to access the Owens catalog.

More technology enhancements are on the way for the library. Already library visitors can search for items in the Owens catalog and send an item's call number to a mobile device via text. Han and other library staff also are designing a mobile-based website for the library.

For more information about the app go to http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/app/iPhone.html.

The B.D. Owens Library contains some 250,000 book volumes, 30,000 e-books, 28,000 bound periodical volumes, 50,000 government documents, 16,000 microfilm reels and about one million microfiche. The library subscribes to nearly 800 journals and magazines in paper. It provides access to 20,000 electronic full-text journals and magazines. These materials are augmented by more than 60 commercial electronic databases. Owens Library is a part of MOBIUS, the Missouri academic library automated network.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468