A Mobile Future for Academic Libraries

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Purpose -- Society may be on the verge of a revolutionary phase of mobile device use in higher education generally and in libraries in particular. This paper seeks to address this issue. Design/methodology/approach -- Through an examination of trends and technological developments in the area of mobile devices and a review of the potential of mobile devices, the paper analyzes the potential of mobile devices in academic libraries. Findings -- Most college students own cell phones and laptops and the capabilities of these and other devices are expanding. Research limitations/implications -- Libraries have the opportunity to extend new types of services to users of mobile devices and to develop, license, or otherwise make available scholarly content that is configured for mobile devices. Ideally, libraries will become part of an institutional planning process for the development of services for mobile devices. Practical implications -- The more pervasive use by students of smartphones, the uptake of e-book readers, and the increasing use of mobile devices in some areas of the curriculum all have implications for libraries. Social implications -- Some writers in this area believe that the increased capabilities of mobile devices could lead to new forms of engagement with student learning

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  • Academic Libraries
  • Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information
  • Article
  • Telecommunications And Broadcasting Technology
  • Wireless Communications

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  • Joan Lippincott

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