Making the case for a fully mobile library web site: from floor maps to the catalog

TitleMaking the case for a fully mobile library web site: from floor maps to the catalog
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBridges, L, Rempel, HGascho, Griggs, K
JournalReference Services Review
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsAcademic libraries, Mobile communication systems, United States of America, Worldwide web
AbstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the current state of worldwide mobile usage; mobile technologies; libraries' use of mobile technologies including a review of library mobile catalog options, both vendor-supplied and in-house created; perspectives from current library leaders and innovators on the importance of incorporating the libraries' resources into the mobile environment; and future directions for mobile library services. Design/methodology/approach - A range of recently published literature (2008-2010), which aims to provide practical statistics and resources for libraries wishing to mobilize their web site, is summarized in order to provide the reader with tools for creating a mobile library proposal. The sources are sorted into sections: mobile phone popularity, smartphones/web-enabled phones, mobile phone use, library mobile web sites and catalogs, and what library leaders have to say. Findings - The paper provides an evaluative summary of mobile statistics and resources, indicating the salient points and how to find more information for libraries wishing to draft a mobile library proposal. Practical implications - The paper presents a useful source of information for both libraries wishing to create a proposal for a mobile library site, and for libraries that simply want an overview of the current state of mobile use and technologies. Originality/value - The paper includes up-to-date data about worldwide mobile phone penetration rates and mobile phone use, and is the first to argue for proposing the development of both a mobile library web site and a mobile catalog. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR]} Copyright of Reference Services Review is the property of Emerald Group Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)