According to the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, 60% of Australian mobile phone users use their phone access emails at least once a week. So there’s a fair chance that if you have a mobile device you’ve already set up your email and checked it occasionally. But as I discovered this week there is much more to mobile email than the email client your phone comes with. If nothing else I encourage you to download and try some of the email apps out there – after trying the Gmail app I won’t be going back to the iPad email app again!
- Look in your phone/tablet settings to enter the details of your Gmail or other email address. (Note: you may need some extra information to attach your work or home email eg. POP or IMAP Email server settings and ports)
- Try sending an email to a friend
- Take a photo and email it to yourself (note take the photo first and from the camera roll you will have an option to send it via email)
- Check out some of the email apps out there – often they have better interfaces than your default phone app. Here’s a list of recommended apps for iphone and for Android.
- Consider whether you want to receive “push” notifications (ie pop-ups for new emails) or whether you would rather check your email at a time that suits you.
- Check out 23MobileThing’s Email Pinterest board for more tutorials and ideas
- If relevant, find out your workplaces policy for loading work email onto personal devices. Consider the pros and cons of always being “available” via email. If you do want to access work email on your device how will you keep it secure?
- Do you use email to alert staff to roster changes and library activities?
- How might your clients accesses your services via email on mobile devices?
- Does your library provide email notifications and reminders for events, overdue items and reserves?
- How easy is it for your clients to email themselves article citations and catalogue records?
- Special/corporate librarians: it’s likely that many of your clients will read any “current awareness” emails you distribute on their devices before they get to work. Does the format you use work on small screens?
- Event booking systems like Eventbrite use email reminders for people attending events. You can also schedule extra emails and send out a feedback survey via email after an event.
1. Mackay, M (2012). “The Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index (8th ed)”. Sydney, NSW: Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, p30. Accessed 6/5/13, http://www.aimia.com.au/enews/AMPLI/AMPLI%202012%20Report_FINAL_upd_Oct.pdf
2. Moore, L (2011). “Legal Professionals and Mobile Devices”. Sydney, NSW: CCH. Accessed 6/5/13, http://www.cch.com.au/AttachmentLibrary/MarketingPromo/cch_whitepaper_mobile_devices_20110329.pdf
From Kate: That fantastic introduction was written by @Linda_Moore. Keep an eye out for this week’s email, which will have all the details of our interactive activity this week- hint: it is based in Facebook, but will probably slide over into Twitter as well!