Mobile learning for the twenty-first century librarian

Jim Hahn

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Purpose - 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/approach - A 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-288
Number of pages17
JournalReference Services Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital libraries
  • Information strategy
  • Learning
  • Library systems
  • Mobile libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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