Christina's LIS Rant

V. brief post. Jonathan Rochkind points out that a lot of libraries are doing mobile sites and things, but he questions if they actually have a reason to think that these services are needed and will be used or if they are just creating these things because they’re cool.

Please read his post, and let him know if you’ve talked to any users – either formally or informally – about what they want wrt mobile stuff. Thanks. BTW – I’d be happy to summarize here anything that is posted to his comments or that is shared with me directly.

Comments

  1. #1 Stephen Francoeur
    April 9, 2010

    I just commented on his post that Ryerson University did a study in 2008 that is worth a look: http://www.ryerson.ca/library/msurvey/library.html

  2. #2 mike
    April 9, 2010

    I dunno…. It would be nice to borrow ebooks from the library instead of buying them from Amazon. :-)

  3. #3 Christina Pikas
    April 9, 2010

    so…. why don’t you? I borrow e-books from my local public library and I use e-books from my work library. Many of the work ones are pdf-based so will work on Kindle. Publib ones won’t afaik. Is that the problem?

  4. #4 Christina Pikas
    April 9, 2010

    Thanks!

  5. #5 Rich Allen
    April 28, 2010

    Greetings

    Library Success: a best practices wiki has a very good section on mobile librarianship called M-Libraries:

    http://tinyurl.com/ct2fam

    Hope this is helpful!

    Cheers

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