This module made me think of this meme I saw a couple of years ago, especially on the Second Screen Sharing phenomenon (Stephens, 2019). During the 2016 election, I remember scrolling through Facebook and texting friends while I watched results come in on my laptop.
The “other, smaller internet” is where people, especially students, are watching videos, checking social networks, and using instant messaging (Deloitte, 2016). Additionally, younger adults, non-white, less-educated, and less-afluent individuals use mobile devices as their primary source for accesssing the internet (Stephens, 2015, p. 4). People are walking around with these gadgets that allow them access to a world of information, and they want to find the information they’re seeking on their cellphones, through apps, messaging, or the web. “Library collections need to be where the users are exploring” (Stephens, 2015, p. 5), and the users are exploring on their mobile devices, as demonstrated on the infographic below.
Whenever I am digesting loads of information about how libraries need to change, I appreciate specific questions that lead me to think about concrete, specific solutions. Stephens (2015) offers a starting point in terms of bringing library services to users via mobile devices: how many of your processes require people to visit your location? How many could be accomplished via the web or mobile technology? (p. 4).
Deloitte (2016).How do today’s students use mobiles? [UK Study].
Stephens, M. (2015).Serving users when and where they are: Hyperlinked libraries.
Stephens, M. (2019). Mobile Devices & Connections [Lecture].
Weinberger, D. (2014). Let the Future Go.