2012 Awards for Excellence

New Library World

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Article publication date: 4 January 2013




(2013), "2012 Awards for Excellence", New Library World, Vol. 114 No. 1/2. https://doi.org/10.1108/nlw.2013.072114aaa.001



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2012 Awards for Excellence

Article Type: 2012 Awards for Excellence From: New Library World, Volume 114, Issue 1/2

The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for New Library World

``Canadian academic libraries and the mobile web''

Robin CanuelHumanities and Social Sciences Library, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Chad CrichtonUniversity of Toronto Scarborough Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to assess how Canadian academic libraries have responded to the rapidly evolving mobile environment and to identify gaps in the services provided, while suggesting areas for future development.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper conducted an examination of the mobile content and services provided by the libraries of the member institutions of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Based on this examination, the paper describes the current state of mobile librarianship in Canadian academic libraries. A review of the literature places the investigation in its broader context.

Findings - Only 14 percent of AUCC libraries currently advertise some type of mobile web presence, with mobile web sites being prevalent over downloadable apps. Examples of content and services are highlighted to illustrate current trends and to provide insight into future directions for developing mobile services.

Practical implications - This study raises awareness of the importance of mobile technology for academic libraries and the need to address the lack of mobile content and services provided by most Canadian post-secondary institutions. The paper also identifies best practices exhibited by the surveyed libraries.

Originality/value - This is the first exploration of this type into how academic libraries in Canada have responded to the mobile environment. The value of this research is in helping libraries identify and address shortcomings in the mobile content and services they provide, and in highlighting efforts by libraries to address their users' needs in this area.

Keywords: Academic libraries, Applications, Canada, Mobile communication systems, Mobile networks, Web sites


This article originally appeared in Volume 112 Number 3/4, 2011, pp. 107-20, New Library World

The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award

``Using workforce structures to enable staff retention and development: an academic library case study''

Vanessa Warren

This article originally appeared in Volume 112 Number 1/2, 2011, New Library World

``The DiSCmap project: digitisation of special collections: mapping, assessment, prioritisation''

Duncan BirrellMilena DobrevaGordon DunsireJillian R. GriffithsRichard J. HartleyKathleen Menzies

This article originally appeared in Volume 112 Number 1/2, 2011, New Library World

``The economic crisis and its effect on libraries''

Charles I. GuarriaZhonghong Wang

This article originally appeared in Volume 112 Number 5/6, 2011, New Library World

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