Following up on a recent Pew study on wireless Internet use (see: Minorities embrace internet via handheld devices), here is a presentation on Current Mobile Trends in Libraries:
- M Is For Service: Current Mobile Trends in Libraries, by Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian, Iowa State University Library. The Handheld Librarian 2009 Virtual Conference. (July 30, 2009) [PowerPoint, 164 slides, 10.6MB]
Gerry summarizes a lot of what we know about trends in use of mobile devices like cell phones for access to the Internet and gives examples of services for cell phones already being offered by arXiv.org, IEEE, PubMed, Project Gutenberg, OPACS, and others. Gerry also examines the Kindle, reference services, and virtual learning.
There is a lot of useful information here. Whether you are already providing mobile services or just thinking about it – or even if you think you are unalterably opposed to the idea – this is worth a look.
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