“Through the looking glass: envisioning new library technologies” mobile libraries, beyond the Web site

Peter Fernandez (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Publication date: 5 May 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight recent and near-future innovations relating to mobile access that can facilitate new interactions between patrons and libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper explores mobile hotspots that allow library patrons to “check out” the Internet to access a world of information, as well as the related technologies on the horizon that are poised to transform Internet access worldwide. Innovative libraries and vendors are catching up to the implications of “mobile” beyond the Web interface and are making their collections and technological offerings available using re-envisioned bookmobiles, servers and library circulation modules.

Findings

This paper finds that, by using new and cleverly reconfigured technology, libraries can continue to play a central role in the sharing of information in an increasingly mobile world.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates that the technological infrastructure that supports mobile libraries will continue to develop and expand access to information around the globe.

Citation

Fernandez, P. (2015), "“Through the looking glass: envisioning new library technologies” mobile libraries, beyond the Web site", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 5-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-02-2015-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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