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Investigation of the Mobile Resource Settings in University Libraries

Author Affiliations

  • 1Master of library and information science, College of Information Management, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Res. J. Library Sci., Volume 4, Issue (6), Pages 1-7, July,21 (2016)

Abstract

This study investigates the mobile resource settings in a number of Academic libraries. The survey is imperative as it can provide a current and lucid picture of Academic libraries’ mobile service experiences; contributing to clear, superior and wide-ranging generalizations on mobile resource implementation and the notable gaps that should be addressed to ensure mobile library user needs satisfaction. The study employs systematic random sampling to select a sample of 15 University libraries. Through in depth web analysis, the researcher examines each of the University libraries’ mobile resources. The findings indicate that all of these libraries offer at least 8 of the 9 categorized services. The 9 categorized services are mobile access to the library catalogs, databases, electronic books, quick response codes augmented reality, text messaging services, and mobile applications, mobile websites and mobile access to instruction services. The Academic libraries also offer the resources in multiples and their full websites are responsive to both mobile and desktop browsers; a clear indication of responsive design.

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