Federal cell-phone apps and mobile websites are available in greater numbers, check it out here. I’m not sure if these will stream-line librarian duties but they are worth having available if we are stuck in the stacks or fielding reference away from a computer. However there remains an opening for native programs that provide the most basic of legal needs: codes, regulations, & bills. While the latest mobile phones can navigate many Government web sites there is plenty of room for improvement, making information easier to search and browse on a cell-phone lends itself to enhancing traditional web landscapes. Even for Attorneys, public Government sites prove cumbersome and confusing.
GPO Access hosts an overwhelmingly large amount of Government data but still looks like a website from the late 1990s/ early 2000s. FDsys is stuck in beta (personally I like it) and it could use an “Instant Message a Librarian” function; or something similar to help users get through the vast links and content available. I still can’t get my head around the discrepancies between these sites: GPO has the 2006 edition of the US Code whilst FDsys offers the 2008? Any law practitioner would be crazy to rely on either of these databases as current law, driving those unable to access books to Westlaw/Lexis. As the Government churns out more web-based and mobile functions it leads me to believe that for every new feature worth praising there are even more limitations worth ruing.