University of Pretoria in South Africa launches an app that provides one-click access to its library resources

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One of Africa’s top research institutions responds to increasing smartphone ownership with new Boopsie mobile app

South Africa currently has the highest smartphone ownership of the countries on the African continent [1], and sales of mobile devices in this region are expected to increase over the next decade [2]. In response to this trend, the Department of Library Services (DLS) at the University of Pretoria has launched a customized app that provides one-click access to its library’s assets, empowering researchers to use resources and services when and where they need them.

Fully hosted and maintained by Demco Software, the University of Pretoria’s Boopsie mobile app will feature custom branding on a user-friendly interface, facilitating seamless access to authoritative content from trusted aggregators and publishers. A modifiable banner will increase visibility of key resources, and unique features will expand access to the library. Key among these are Ask a Librarian, Catalog Search, Subject Guides, Library Locator, Location and Hours, and social media integration.

“Expanding digital access is one of our main priorities. Our institutional repository UPSpace speaks to this commitment, as does the Library MakerSpace,” shared Dr Heila Pienaar, Deputy Director at the DLS at the University of Pretoria. “Working with Demco Software to launch our mobile app, we’re taking the next great step towards realizing our vision of international recognition for our institution’s quality, relevance and impact. We are proud to be only the second university library in South Africa with a dedicated Library app.”

“We’re excited to offer University of Pretoria our technology and our support as they work to expand their reach and increase engagement with their researchers,” shared Ravi Singh, Executive Director at Demco Software. “The University is our first partner in South Africa, and we look forward to many more as smartphone ownership continues to grow and this increased connection empowers those in this region to make a difference both locally and globally.”

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About University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is driven by the pursuit of knowledge through research, teaching and learning. Membership in its community of scholars is awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, ability and the potential for excellence. The University sees staff and students as its core asset, and cherishes academic freedom, creative and innovative thought, ethical standards and integrity, accountability and social justice. Learn more by visiting http://www.up.ac.za/.

About Demco Software

Libraries that prioritize community engagement make their strategic goals a reality with Demco Software. Demco Software unites Evanced Solutions software, Boopsie mobile apps and new tools like DiscoverLocal to provide the next level of innovative solutions for libraries. Partner with Demco Software to increase your library’s relevance and discoverability through deeper community engagement, streamlined program management and increased mobility.

[1] http://www.africanews.com/2016/06/01/south-africa-leads-adult-smartphone-use-on-the-continent//

[2] https://mybroadband.co.za/news/smartphones/180894-smartphone-penetration-in-south-africa-hits-major-milestone.html