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Anytime, anywhere access to information resources: a case study from Kuwait

Hanadi Jumah Buarki (Department of Library and Information Science, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Saleeq Ahmad Dar (Department of Library and information Science, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 20 September 2019

Issue publication date: 20 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the pervasiveness of mobile devices in ubiquitous access of information. Moreover, the study tries to ascertain the growing demands of mobile devices in library settings.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was administered to gain in-depth information regarding the use of mobile devices and their use in information access. Further, it investigated the general uses of mobile devices in day to day life. The survey also contained some questions aimed at obtaining more comprehensive information about the impediments faced by the students in library settings and the way out.

Findings

The study highlights the rapid growth of mobile device usage among students at the College of Basic Education, Public authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait, and indicates the urgent need of libraries to the embrace mobile web.

Originality/value

The use of mobile devices in comfort zones demands libraries to disseminate information anytime, anywhere. This study examines the academic library users’ insistence for such services and the competence of libraries to provide services “on the go”.

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Citation

Buarki, H.J. and Dar, S.A. (2019), "Anytime, anywhere access to information resources: a case study from Kuwait", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 36 No. 7, pp. 20-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-08-2019-0049

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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