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M‐learning in distance education libraries: A case scenario of Indira Gandhi National Open University

Seema Chandhok (Library & Documentation Division, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India)
Parveen Babbar (Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 4 October 2011




The purpose of this paper is to discover the perspectives of M‐Technologies in Distance Education Libraries. It proposes a model for providing e‐resources and other information services through mobile technology to its learners in Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.


In this qualitative study data were gathered through questionnaire and interviews from Distance Learners of IGNOU to access the actual requirement of Distance Learners for various m‐library services in the present scenario. The study is guided conceptually by the perceived need for m‐libraries and a growing usage of mobiles in India.


The data suggest that M‐Libraries offer a unique opportunity for distance learners in different kinds of learning environment settings. The proposed m‐library services architecture suggests developing an M‐library web site at IGNOU Library to effectively facilitate m‐library services, hence strengthening the M‐Learning in Distance Education System.


Considerably less literature exists about the m‐libraries and its services in Distance Education. This study will be of interest to distance education library and information professionals who wish to obtain a better understanding of M‐Libraries scenario and practices.



Chandhok, S. and Babbar, P. (2011), "M‐learning in distance education libraries: A case scenario of Indira Gandhi National Open University", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 5, pp. 637-650.



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