Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research & Learning

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Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research & Learning


Gottschalk, George, Reference & User Services Quarterly


Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research & Learning. Edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. Chicago: ACRL, 2017. 269 p. Paper $68 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8879-4).

Mobile technologies' application in libraries is an area still ripe in potential. Despite mobile technologies' prevalence in the lives of most libraries' users, libraries often remain reactive, at best, to the implementation of mobile technologies to provide library services. As many of the chapters in this edited volume underscore, mobile technologies reach people from a wider range of socioeconomic levels than traditional web-enabled technologies. Thus, there are both logistical and moral motivations for libraries to adopt mobile technologies.

This book's chapters span both theoretical and practical considerations, and a range of case studies highlight applications used in academic libraries. Despite having cast a broad net, the editors do a commendable job of arranging the chapters into a loose thematic progression. This results in a volume that is ambitious in scope, yet still manages to achieve a satisfying coherence.

Edward Bilodeau's opening chapter is well worth reading as a substantive, yet concise overview of how mobile technology shapes user engagement and decisions governing implementation. …

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