DC Public Library Launches First Free Library iPhone Application in Nation
Published on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:00am
The DC Public Library, which is the first library to offer free iPod compatible audio books, has launched the first public library iPhone application in the nation.
The application, entitled DCPL, is the portal to enjoying Washington, DC Public Library services using your iPhone or iPod Touch. With it, you can very quickly search library resources and find books and materials from anywhere in the country. Notice a new book by a favorite author? Check the iPhone for a copy.
With the DCPL, you can:
- Search for books, music, movies and more
- Read brief reviews or summaries for items in the catalog
- Get hours, locations, and maps for all D.C. public libraries
- Reserve your books and other library materials for pick up late
"The library has been working hard to offer customers more channels to access our books and other library materials," said Chris Tonjes, director of information technology at the library. "Since 2006, we have greatly improved library users experience with technology. The release of the DCPL signals another milestone in expanding the library’s accessibility.”
Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, sees the launch of DCPL as another example of the city improving library services.
“DCPL brings the library one step closer to being a 24-hour mobile operation,” said Cooper. “It also shows a good example of stewarding tax dollars to transform the library in a meaningful way for our users.“
The DCPL application is available for free in the Apple iTunes App Store for iPhone or iPod touch with version 2.0 or later.
Click here for more information on DCPL iPhone Application.
In Other Technology News
The DC Public Library has installed a Video Relay Service (VRS) booth at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. VRS allows a deaf or hard-of-hearing person to communicate with others through an Internet video connection. The booth connects the user to a relay center staffed by American Sign Language interpreters.
Library services like VRS booths are possible because of the library’s migration to high-speed fiber optic telecommunications. When every public library location accesses this network in six weeks, users will have connection speed of 10Mbs. This rate is at least three times faster than DSL or cable connections. Before this upgrade, the library only offered fractional T1 connections. With fiber optic connections, up to 50 computers can use the Internet to stream video and downloading digital media quickly.