Title

Research and Discovery Functions In Mobile Academic Libraries: Are University Libraries Serving Mobile Researchers?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-16-2015

School

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the availability of discovery functions on mobile devices at academic research libraries in order to determine if research libraries are providing the mobile services that students believe that they need for academic success.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The researcher surveyed 53 academic library mobile apps and mobile web sites at Carnegie rated RU/VH universities to determine the number and variety of discovery functions available.

Findings: All of the libraries had some level of research functions available, but there was a discrepancy between those that offered a full range of services and those that offered a minimal level.

Research limitations/implications: Due to the transitory nature of the electronic universe, the data offered represents the state of academic library research services in a single moment in time and is subject to change.

Practical Implications: The research provides other libraries with a description of what comprises an adequate suite of essential services and a way to evaluate their own library’s offerings.

Originality/Value: This is the first study to evaluate and quantify the level of services provided by libraries at Carnegie Foundation RU/VH institutions.

Publication Title

Library Hi Tech

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

32

Last Page

40

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