Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Going Mobile

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Going Mobile

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These days, it seems as if everyone is "going mobile," as The Who once put it. Younger people are especially reliant on their instant messaging chatter, camera phones, iPods, and portable video games. Many middle-agers have grown quite attached to their cell phones, laptops, and portable digital assistants. And we've all seen the people in airports and shopping malls who appear to be having very animated conversations with themselves--but once you've stared long enough, you can see that they're wearing tiny headpieces that are apparently attached to hidden phones. Lots of people now feel the need to be accessible no matter where they are.

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Not surprisingly, plenty of companies have come out with content for the plethora of portable devices on the market today. Mobile folks can download music, stock reports, e-mail, photos, news, and who knows what else, all by pressing a few tiny buttons. People are getting hooked on the beauty of being able to pull in electronic info whenever they want it, wherever they are. Obviously, then, librarians have to make sure their offerings are not overlooked by this massive, information-seeking audience. …

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