South Korea: Vision of a Ubiquitous Network World

South Korea: Vision of a Ubiquitous Network World

Jounghae Bang (Penn State University Mont Alto, USA) and Inyoung Choi (Georgetown University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-960-1.ch058


The present chapter introduces digital library services’ utilization through handheld devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smart phones. It argues that handheld devices proliferation justifies the term digital library in terms of anywhere-anytime access, and retrieval and management of information. Furthermore, these devices constitute powerful information harvesting tools that help users enhance their interaction with information spaces, both of physical and digital form. The chapter presents the services that can be accessed by means of portable devices and analyzes the main sociotechnical issues that arise and influence user interaction. Factors that affect acceptance of these devices are discussed, and future trends are presented to outline the research landscape for the forthcoming years.

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