Monday, July 13, 2009

Mobile Learning For The Twenty-First Century Librarian / Jim Hahn

Hahn, J. (2008). Mobile learning for the twenty-first century librarian. Reference Services Review, 36(3) 272-288. DOI 10.1108/00907320810895369


This paper aims to present a review of selected mobile learning literature and programmatic approaches for librarians interested in developing mobile digital library services in order to equip readers with a framework for understanding and appreciating mobile digital librarianship.
Design/Methodology/ApproachA literature review is culled from distance learning, medical informatics and medical librarianship, internet social studies, and human computer interaction research. Much of the research reviewed focuses on recently released reports as well as library services utilizing mobile technology.

Findings – The study finds that mobile learning has seen increased service development, but has not yet evolved to be a robust field in librarianship.
Research Limitations/Implications – The field of mobile digital technology advances very quickly. This research represents the state of mobile learning in mid-2008.
Practical Implications – Library and information professionals will gain a sound conceptual grasp of the social science of mobile technology; the science of mobile technology, and current applications for mobile technology.
Originality/Value – This paper addresses issues about the feasibility and future development for library services utilizing mobile technology, provides directions for future individual study and institutional research and development.


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