Mobile Technologies

Mobile Technologies

Diane M. Fulkerson (University of South Florida Polytechnic Library, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0234-2.ch009
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Millions of people have a smartphone, and with smartphone technology comes the ability for Internet connectivity and with that the ability to access library resources. EBSCO, Elsevier, ProQuest, Gale/Cengage, and other database vendors have capitalized on the increased use of smartphones by developing the capability for library users to access EBSCO databases from their smartphones. Mobile technology extends beyond smartphones and includes technology gadgets such as e-book readers, the iPad, netbooks, and laptops. As technology that is more mobile becomes available, the ability and need to connect remotely will increase. Mobile technology has grown beyond cell phones and personal digital assistants to other types of devices most recently Apple’s iPad. Gone are the days when the only computer available was the one on your desk. With better technology came laptops, and now netbooks and e-book readers. To access the Internet, campuses have wireless technology in most classrooms and libraries. The proliferation of mobile technology and the ability to gain access to the Internet from almost any place means libraries and database vendors need to make sure their websites and resources are compatible with mobile devices.
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Mobile technology use is rapidly increasing. From laptops, netbooks, smartphones, iPads and e-book readers people have the ability to obtain remote access library resources. As mobile technology use increases libraries need to design and implement the means for students to use those technologies from remote access to library information. Mobile technologies require libraries to develop applications that will work for the specific devices. Apple has an app development center ( It provides people with the necessary resources to design and develop applications to work with Apple products. Unfortunately, each type of smartphone has different design specifications so you cannot create a one size fits all mobile web application. Each of the manufacturer's Apple, Blackberry and Android has web sites that provide the specifications for mobile applications (Ragon, 2009).

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