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This paper analyzes 37 Orbis Cascade Alliance members’ websites to determine ease of use across mobile devices. Based on that analysis and a literature review, guidance is provided on how libraries’ mobile websites may be improved. Websites were examined to determine ease of locating frequently accessed resources on mobile devices that were identified in the literature: contact information, hours, databases, library accounts, and search boxes. Scalability of websites on mobile devices was also evaluated and was found to be non-existent in nearly a quarter of examined libraries. Areas for consideration and improvement are presented across Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries that can easily be applied globally.


This is an electronic version of an article published in Evelhoch, Zebulin. (2016). Mobile Web Site Ease of Use: An Analysis of Orbis Cascade Alliance Member Web Sites. Journal of Web Librarianship 10(2), 101-123.

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