Library in Your Pocket Delivery of Instruction Service Through Library Mobile Apps: A World in Your Pocket

Library in Your Pocket Delivery of Instruction Service Through Library Mobile Apps: A World in Your Pocket

Kutty Kumar (Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2802-9.ch009
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Mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads and tablet computers are swiftly flourishing in the world and changing the way information is organized, acknowledged and circulated. Accordingly, the libraries have to adopt mobile services which capitalize on and adapt to these momentous technological changes. The traditional library services are now poignant to mobile library information services. Mobile applications have made communication and information access very convenient and timely to users. Adapting instruction delivery services through mobile application perceptive the traditional relationships between libraries and their users and introduces new confronts to reader privacy. The mobile applications are becoming an essential part of everyday life and are changing the way one connects and interacts with the world. The focus of this paper is on available mobile apps concerning to reading, productivity and organization at work, giving presentation, white board teaching and demonstration. This paper highlights the delivery of instruction services through library mobile apps.
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Although this is the digital age, one of the most common information seeking places for people is still the library. Fortunately, modern libraries have kept up with technological advancements and have integrated computers, the internet, and other important tools as a normal part of this dynamic hub where paper media meets electronics (Washburn, 2011). Through mobile connectivity, information is becoming intertwined with our lives more profoundly than is the case when we sit down at a desktop or even with a laptop computer (Mobile Phones in Business, 2016). As the information revolution continues to unfold, libraries experiment with mobile devices and services to support the information needs of their users wherever they may be. Libraries are innovating to congregate the evolving technological challenge they face. Innovations in mobile services include mobile apps to administer library records, text message services reminding users of book return dates, instant chat services and live lab initiatives involving him rental of mobile devices to users (Caperon, 2016).

At the same time, the proliferation of mobile devices and services raises issues of access to information in the digital age, including content ownership and licensing, digital rights management, and accessibility. This article is timely owing to rapid increase of mobile app users. Apps today are driving the majority of media consumption activity, the report claims, now accounting for 7 out of every 8 minutes of media consumption on mobile devices. On smart phones, app activity is even higher, at 88% usage versus 82% on tablets (Chaffey, 2016). In fact, many people view the library as the central information center of the city, and in order to retain this title, librarians now find themselves faced with the need to utilize smart phones and tablet apps to complete their tasks and perform jobs more quickly and efficiently (Kathuria, 2013). This paper provides information on various applications and instruction delivery services on the market for librarians, each with their own uses. The following graph (Figure 1) shows statistical report of global users of desktop and mobile (Shaw, 2015).

Figure 1.

Statistical report of desktop and mobile users around the globe


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Much research (Robin Miller, 2012) has been conducted into the success of applications for mobile devices that made to enhance or streamline the user’s library experience.

In a 2009 study, (Joel Cummings, 2009) surveyed library patrons to find out if they are likely to access the library catalog via small-screen devices. They discovered that 45.2 percent of respondents, regardless of whether they owned a device, would access the library catalog on a small-screen device. Bridges etal (2010) detail their efforts to implement mobile services on the Oregon State University campus. Their paper highlights the popularity of mobile phones and smartphones/web-enabled phones. The authors discuss mobile phone use, library mobile websites, and mobile catalogs, and they describe the process they used to develop their mobile library site. They note that mobile services will certainly be expected in the coming years, and they have learned that OSU students share this expectation.

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