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Mobile library initiatives: a new way to revitalize the academic library settings

Saleeq Ahmad Dar (Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the mobile pervasiveness among different categories of student’s gender-wise vis-a-vis to investigate user perception to access library content in innovative ways. The study tries to understand the potential demand of some features in mobile library initiatives. In addition, this study aims to determine willingness and need of mobile library services. The information gained from the study is intended to help the libraries to realize the growing demand of mobile library services.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was designed to gather feedback on student’s perception regarding the important mobile service features which they find useful to be included in different library initiatives. The aim was to understand the pervasiveness of mobile devices and information needs in Indian Academia. Moreover, which features can be added to new initiatives so as to deliver robust services to the users in their comfort zones.

Findings

The responses received indicate that a significant number of students are ready to adopt mobile library initiatives with the desired features in them, if provided to them by their respective libraries. The results of the study have provided the necessary information on what the users really want. It is therefore incumbent upon the universities/institutions of higher education to start to work with the Web-based library services and move it into mobile library service.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study provide a benchmark of mobile library initiatives with the choicest features based on the user perception. The data collected may also give an indication about compelling services that could help the users to access information ubiquitously.

Originality/value

Libraries can better serve their patrons by understanding the growing capabilities of mobile devices; it is incumbent upon libraries to mobilize their services by embracing mobile library initiatives. Moreover, to realize the needs of users and provide only such services which are more in demand.

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Citation

Dar, S.A. (2019), "Mobile library initiatives: a new way to revitalize the academic library settings", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 36 No. 5, pp. 15-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-05-2019-0032

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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