Both the library system where I work and the library system that I am a resident of have mobile apps. I do use them on occasion, but truthfully I find them to be buggy enough that I usually just go directly to the websites to do my library business. I do use the apps if I suddenly need to renew something while I’m out on the town…who am I kidding, this has never happened.
I understand why libraries are using third-party apps for their mobile presence, but much like I wish libraries were able to design and maintain their own catalogs and websites, I realize it just isn’t possible given staff and budget limitations. Sigh.
My very favorite thing about the ELM site is that it is a responsive design. (I wish all websites were responsive design.) Many of the databases in ELM I have access to already, but there are a few gems that I forget are there, until someone needs something exceptionally specific for a school project. CAMIO is probably my favorite, because I like that it’s a visual database. Several other databases do have visuals in them, but you have to know how to find them; CAMIO is all visuals, all the time.