The faculty, staff, and students in our institutions bring a variety of mobile devices to campus and also use mobile devices to access campus information and services when they are at home, commuting, at work, or abroad. They bring increasing expectations for seamless use of a variety of devices to access all types of services and information. Surveys of the general public and of academics show the increasing variety of mobile device ownership and the mounting popularity of these devices for many activities, including accessing schedule information, receiving security alerts, reading e-books, accessing e-journals or preprint collections, and participating in social networking activities. Many libraries participate in e-book programs and some loan a variety of devices, including tablet computers, portable audio players, video cameras, netbooks, and laptops. Some institutions are experimenting with the use of mobile devices in teaching and learning, and researchers use mobile devices for data collection and communication in the field. New applications involve sophisticated geo-tagged information and augmented reality, or the use of portable devices as distributed “sensors.” Institutions are at varying stages of readiness in determining policies, services, and strategies for mobile devices. We will encourage institutions to develop cohesive strategies as they enter the arena of provision of content and services for mobile devices, and we will highlight campus strategies that incorporate services from a wide variety of institutional units, including libraries.
Implications of Mobile Technologies