Mobile Information Services and Initiatives in University Libraries: A New Way of Delivering Information

  • Madhusudhan Margam Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Saleeq Ahmad Dar Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi
Keywords: Mobile technologies, Mobile library services, Mobile apps, Quick Response codes, Libraries

Abstract

Students these days are seen in campuses and other study environments bowing their heads to mobile devices to seek information. Studies show that students are heavy users of their hardware, spending an average of 19.6 hours per week using an electronic device. The purpose of this paper is to explore the mobile library services initiated and adopted by some prominent academic libraries for the easy mobilisation of their existing services and also to assess how such services can be helpful to the user community. Moreover, the study raises awareness of the important mobile library services, some of them that are already in use in different Academic libraries and how the other services could help libraries to mobilise their information in fast and time bound manner that too without the constraints of space and time. The value of the study is to helping academic libraries to identify and embrace the mobile initiatives. With these mobile initiatives, libraries can provide a wide array of mobile services to the interested users.

Author Biographies

Madhusudhan Margam, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi

Dr M. Madhusudhan is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi. He has 17 years of teaching, administration and research experience at the University level. Under his supervision 17 MPhils, 6 PhDs and 110+ project reports have been awarded. He has published one book, edited two books, 45 research articles including 32 International, 20 chapters, and 7 international conference papers. He is also editorial member of JLIS, IJLIS and reviewer for five international LIS journals. His areas of interest includes: Designing and evaluation of websites, evaluation of web-OPACs, ICT in libraries, social networking sites, e-resources, mobile-based library services, etc.

Saleeq Ahmad Dar, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi

Mr Saleeq Ahmad Dar Senior Research Fellow, is pursuing PhD in Library and Information Science from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi. He has done his MLIS from University of Kashmir, J&K and MPhil degree from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi. His research interests includes: Mobile library services, mobile devices, social networking sites and social media.

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Published
2017-03-29
How to Cite
MargamM., & Ahmad DarS. (2017). Mobile Information Services and Initiatives in University Libraries: A New Way of Delivering Information. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 37(2), 109-118. https://doi.org/10.14429/djlit.37.2.11116
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