Magazine article Computers in Libraries

ALA Report: Libraries Confront Mobile Future

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

ALA Report: Libraries Confront Mobile Future

Article excerpt

"There's an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations," an American Library Association (ALA) policy brief released in June, highlights the need for librarians to make their catalogs available to users on the internet as well as mobile devices. The report was authored by Timothy Vollmer, an open policy fellow at Creative Commons and consultant to the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Adapting library technology to mobile markets is paramount. As of 2009, there were 4.6 billion active cellular subscriptions in the world and 250 million wireless data-capable devices in use in the U.S. Both of those numbers are expected to increase in the coming years. So how are libraries adapting?

"It's going so-so, I think," Vollmer says. "A lot of libraries just don't have the resources. I think something that we've found ... was that libraries want to provide these services. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.