Mobile Applications for Libraries

Mobile Applications for Libraries

Dana Haugh (Stony Brook University, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2676-6.ch004
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This chapter will detail the use of mobile applications in libraries. It will begin by briefly exploring the history of mobile application development, its inception, and progress to its relevance and use within libraries as a means of improving access and resource delivery for patrons. The prevalence of mobile devices, both inside and outside of the library, has affected the way individuals locate and use information. Libraries play an essential role in delivering resources to enhance the way users retrieve information, and therefore it is important to facilitate learning and scholarship through meaningful experiences in a variety of areas and mediums. A mobile application, not just a mobile-friendly website, can appeal to an increasingly digital population of library users in an environment that is both familiar and modern.
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A Brief History Of Mobile Applications And Their Use In Libraries

In order to garner a better understanding of mobile applications and their eventual place in libraries, this section will outline some of the major events in mobile application development, beginning in 1983. This timeline is meant to deliver quick, relevant facts about application development throughout its relatively short history, highlighting the speed with which the cultural phenomenon has evolved. The majority of these facts were curated from reputable, archived Internet resources, such as company press releases, recognizing the evolution and importance of information dissemination across the digital landscape about a digital technology.

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