Network, Sustainability, and Security of Libraries on Smartphones

Network, Sustainability, and Security of Libraries on Smartphones

T. M. Kalpana, S. Gopalakrishnan
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch380
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According to the survey done by Mr. Alan Aldrich he pointed out the usage pattern, popular functions, resources seek for etc. How smart phones has changed the way of access by users dramatically through web applications compatible with smart phones. Compatibility is not just for the change in visual window but also with operating system. Many universities have evolutes their services from print to electronic format, and now from desktops to handy phones. Any technological improvement will have both pros and cons. Primary disadvantage in libraries moving to mobile is adaptability and security. With planned institutional implementation issues on Security can be easily avoided. Finally how smart phones helps libraries to sustain shrinking budgets (Aldrich, 2010).

According to Geoffrey Little from his survey pointed out that number of users of smart phones and libraries increase drastically on introduction of mobile applications for library access, with broad applications like reference, access, collection development, reservation, consultation, referral service etc. (Little, 2011).

Smart Phone

Smartphone built on mobile operating system, with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than a feature phone, combined the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA), email, browsing, media players, digital cameras, gps navigation etc. making it multitasking device. (“Smart Phone,” 2010) Many modern smart phones also include high-resolution touch screens and web browsers that display standard web pages as well as mobile-optimized sites. High-speed data access is provided in different modes like wi-fi, mobile broadband, Near Field Communicationand Bluetooth. In recent years, the rapid development of mobile applications in E-commerce have been drivers of smart phone adoption. (“Smart Phone,” 2010). Using this internet and communication technology, library management applications can also be made compatible. This helps the user to access library virtually at his own convienience but under strict security access procedures. As far as library is concerned, only Online Public Access Catalogue that can be used for account settings, search, renewal, reservation etc. When digital library is concerned, resources that are in digital format can also be accessed from the servers directly as in desktops. (Washburn, 2011)

Security breach is the main concern in implementing mobile applications and if access to library administration software under restricted access model and many other security measures it helps in fund, energy, environment, storage (FEES) sustainability.

Smartphone as a Sustainable Infrastructure

In an average, universities with 1000 users need to have at least 50 desktops for accessing, that can occupy around 500 sq.ft of carpet area with minimum of 2 ton air conditioner that consumes approximately 3 units of power per day. These desktops should be installed with computer tables, chairs, space for mobility, a technician to maintain, etc……but when it comes to smart phones it is purchased by the user (mostly), no need of local area network cables, tables and other infrastructures mentioned above. It even reduces the recurring handling, manpower and maintenance costs. The user himself uses and has the sole responsibility in purchase, upgradation, maintenance etc.

Key Terms in this Chapter

VPN: Virtual private network is a secured connectivity layer over internet connections to safe guard from hacking.

Cloud Computing: The storage of electronic resources on remote servers away from home servers.

Smart Phones: Mobile phones with smart connecting features with web applications.

Mobile Compatibility: Software applications that are accessible through desktop screens and lap tops are bigger in size but same application is modified to fit comparatively smaller screen in smart phone.

Library Security: Most of the resources are from authenticated sources and so unauthenticated access leads to intellectual property issues.

Fund Sustainability: Funds allotment is decreasing where as cost of procurement of resources are increasing. Therefore, sustainability is to balance with maximum efficiency with available minimum resources by either reducing the cost or by generating additional income.

Virtualization: The storing of e-resources in minimal space through automatic compression and extraction.

Library Access: Access to library Online Public Access Catalogue.

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