The use of handheld mobile devices: their impact and implications for library services

Joel Cummings (Owen Science and Engineering Library, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)
Alex Merrill (Terrell Library, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)
Steve Borrelli (Holland Library, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Publication date: 9 March 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to carry out a survey in order to better understand the nature of handheld mobile computing use by academic library users and to determine whether there is a significant demand for using the library services with these small screen devices.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey is created to measure whether people want to access an OPAC with a small screen. Additionally, through open‐ended questions, the survey attempts to gain a broader understanding of handheld mobile computing's impact on, and implications for, the services provided by academic libraries.

Findings

A total of 58.4 percent of respondents who own a web‐enabled handheld device indicate that they would use small screen devices, such as PDAs or web‐enabled cell phones to search a library OPAC.

Originality/value

The increasing prevalence of handheld mobile computing devices such as PDAs and web‐enabled cell phones warrants investigation as to its impact on libraries. This study examines an academic library user population and the potential demand for using the library's catalog with handheld mobile computing devices

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Citation

Cummings, J., Merrill, A. and Borrelli, S. (2010), "The use of handheld mobile devices: their impact and implications for library services", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 22-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378831011026670

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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