As an experiment, Chris L. and I have switched on a version of the library catalogue which may be more suited to reduced-width mobile browsers than our everyday, familiar green-and-white version.
It’s not really a true mobile interface – it’s the stripped-down version of HiP designed to be compliant with the ADA – the Americans with Disabilities Act – which governs website accessibility in the ‘States. And we’re already getting reports that it hasn’t improved the situation for users of Windows Mobile operating systems and browsers (which seem to have problems with the way HiP links through to individual bibliographic records).
However, it does seem to work tolerably well on iPhones / Android phones, and it should certainly be an improvement on the full-width version, which is all that’s been available until now. It looks fairly crude, at the moment, but it could be smartened up with little trouble.
Give it a go! If you point your phone / mobile device at www.library.lincoln.ac.uk, you should be automatically directed to the mobile version of the catalogue.
Thanks to @alexbilbie for the pic.