Magazine article Computers in Libraries

E-Volving Libraries

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

E-Volving Libraries

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It's estimated that there are in excess of a billion iOS mobile devices (iPhones and iPads, etc.) and at least twice as many Android devices deployed worldwide as of this time. A Pew Research Center study recently found that two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and for 19% of Americans, a smartphone is either their primary (or, in some cases, only) means of accessing the internet.

In the past 4 years, CIL has published more than 120 news items, book recommendations, and feature articles about mobile computing and its effects on library services. Paging back through those editions, you would be hard-pressed to find an issue that doesn't include an illustration of a library patron using a mobile device.

There have been articles on mobile websites, mobile apps, responsive design in website makeovers, web analytics and SEO strategies, geolocationbased services, and mobile devices for lending. What more can there be to say, except to note the topic is still trending. So is the ongoing consideration in every library as to how far to go in making collections, resources, and services digital, virtual, and remotely available. …

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