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Mobile Devices & Connections

on April 15, 2020

Library and Mobile Devices Picture. Retrieved from https://deerfieldlibrary.org/app/

Who doesn’t like the convenience? Nobody doesn’t.

Therefore, according to the Pew Research Center (2019), “it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have mobile devices, and over half of these connections are smartphones.” And professor Stephens reinforced that idea by mentioning in his lecture, Module 10: Mobile Devices & Connections. “I can do everything… I have the world of information in my hand.” The cellphone is a significantly important thing, that many people can’t live without now.

Mobile_technology. Retrieved from https://researchresults.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/how-consumers-use-mobile-devices/

No one can deny how convenient the cellphone is. Stephens (2015) revealed that: “Individuals are constantly engaged in conversation and expect to have their information needs satisfied immediately, on any device, and wherever they happen to be.” The library should be where the community is, so the library should be available on mobile devices. (Holmquist, 2013) Stephens (2015) also explained very well why libraries should provide services that people can use through their mobile devices. “Because of the easy and ubiquitous communications possible with mobile devices, these technologies make transparency more attainable than ever. Libraries can share information about current plans and solicit feedback on social networks, which utilize the more naturally transparent and trusted conversation channels developed among peers and families.”

I was impressed and learned more than I expected after watching Jan Holmquist’s videos about the implications of mobile technologies for libraries. Holmquist (2013) explained clearly that the libraries take advantage of the convenience of mobile devices, and they bring information to the people through those devices. However, we should not abuse but have to remember to “use it in a meaningful way to enhance the library services.” Here the information and digital literacy skills come in. We have to know about the technology in order to decide if we should use, apply, and/or develop it to obtain positive outcomes for the library services.

Cellphone https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F110690103312816048%2F&psig=AOvVaw3Y6YdRE9GTl4lvOpPGPQxA&ust=1587072120439000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLjvgMiu6-gCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD 

I agree that we should keep our knowledge up-to-date, but in a way, which is not “phone-on-face all the time.” We need to use our mobile devices “in a meaningful way.” It is sad but true that many are close to their phone than their family members and friends. Some of my friends are often reminded that they are at a physical meeting with friends, not through their phones, because they constantly stick their faces on their phones instead of talking to people at the table. Everything is useful if you use it appropriately, and everything includes your mobile devices.


Jan Holmquist (2013, August 24). MOOC intro . YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZ9V8wnV4g&list=PLJFU8Vb2i7KwdDjZwceGOhRlb6LuuYMQV&index=1

Silver. L. (2019). Smartphone ownership is growing rapidly around the world, but not always equally. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2019/02/05/smartphone-ownership-is-growing-rapidly-around-the-world-but-not-always-equally/

Stephens, M. (2020). Mobile Devices & Connections [Web lecture]. Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=3b3faeae-3347-4f6f-8bba-aaec01569f55

Stephens, M. (2015). Serving the user when and where they are: Hyperlinked libraries. Retrieved from https://tametheweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Stephens_ServingtheUser_HyperlinkedLibraries.pdf

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