Identifying the uses of mobile technology among Library and Information Science undergraduate students

Identifying the uses of mobile technology among Library and Information Science undergraduate... PurposeMobile technology has redefined the way people communicate and interact. In education, the number of academic institutions developing and offering mobile information services is growing steadily. The purpose of this paper is to identify the use of mobile technology by the Library Science and Information Systems undergraduate students in Greece.Design/methodology/approachA questionnaire was developed drawing from the relevant literature and sent to undergraduate students studying Library and Information Science during the 2014-2015 academic year.FindingsIt was found that students employed mobile phones for entertainment purposes whereas laptops and desktop computers for performing education-related tasks. Laptops and desktop computers were again mostly used to access library services, namely the OPAC, reference books, journals.Research limitations/implicationsAcademic institutions need to offer services and adopt online learning platforms supported in mobile devices. Students from other disciplines and their acceptance of mobile technology should be explored.Originality/valueThis study identifies the specific mobile devices that students use to perform a variety of activities, educational and social, as well as the reasons for doing so. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Program: electronic library and information systems Emerald Publishing

Identifying the uses of mobile technology among Library and Information Science undergraduate students

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0033-0337
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10.1108/PROG-10-2015-0069
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PurposeMobile technology has redefined the way people communicate and interact. In education, the number of academic institutions developing and offering mobile information services is growing steadily. The purpose of this paper is to identify the use of mobile technology by the Library Science and Information Systems undergraduate students in Greece.Design/methodology/approachA questionnaire was developed drawing from the relevant literature and sent to undergraduate students studying Library and Information Science during the 2014-2015 academic year.FindingsIt was found that students employed mobile phones for entertainment purposes whereas laptops and desktop computers for performing education-related tasks. Laptops and desktop computers were again mostly used to access library services, namely the OPAC, reference books, journals.Research limitations/implicationsAcademic institutions need to offer services and adopt online learning platforms supported in mobile devices. Students from other disciplines and their acceptance of mobile technology should be explored.Originality/valueThis study identifies the specific mobile devices that students use to perform a variety of activities, educational and social, as well as the reasons for doing so.

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Program: electronic library and information systemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 6, 2016

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