Location-Based Service at NCSU Library
I’ve been wondering how location-based services could be helpful to libraries. As usual, I just had to wait for someone more creative than I to create something. This time, it was North Carolina State University.
They’ve created the WolfWalk, and they explain it better than I could:
WolfWalk is a mobile library project that enables users to explore North Carolina State University campus history using a location-aware interface optimized for mobile devices. The application supports a map view with geotagged placemarks for approximately 60 major sites of interest on the NCSU campus, and a browse view for quickly locating a known site by name. Each site has several historical images associated with it that are sourced from NCSU Special Collections Research Center digital archives. WolfWalk is a pilot project to explore new user interaction models with digital collections on mobile devices.
They started with an iPhone app, but are also now working on one for other mobile devices. They have some great screenshots that give you an idea of how this application works.