MINRVA Project

A primary focus of the grant is to collaborate with students to design and build a mobile app that provides access to Library services.  Vist the MINRVA Project website for more information.

App/Software developed

Coding Camp

On October 4 and 5, 2013 we hosted a 2-day Code Camp for any student looking to develop their mobile web app coding skills.  Participants worked collaboratively to design mobile web apps utilizing newly developed APIs.  On the last day of Camp participants presented their apps to library organizers.

2013 Library Mobile App Student Competition

On February 21, 2013 six student teams presented ideas for mobile apps that would increase the usefulness of the Library and library services.  Click here to go to the competition website.


Fall 2012 to Spring 2013 User Experience Research Report

For grant activities in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 user experience research was done to evaluate effectiveness of the grant's programs and products.  The User Experience Report can be view here.

CARLI Libraries

Staff from the following libraries reviewed the MINRVA mobile library app and provided feedback that was incorporated into version 2 of the Android and iOS version.  


Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University

Heartland Community College Library

Milner Library at Illinois State University

Staley Library at Millikin University

William Rainey Harper College Library


Notably Rachelle Stivers of Heartland Community College Library sought feedback from students.  Dane Ward of Milner Library at Illinois State University arranged a presentation by the grant team to about 20 members of the Milner Library staff.