Computers in Libraries

I’ve published my first article! It’s in the April issue of Computers in Libraries . It explores mobile website development by using statistics collected by Google Analytics and Webalizer. I pretty much argue that if you’re going to create a mobile version of a website, you have to see if your users are demanding it. The library I work at has a very low demand for mobile users. However, this is problematic to accurately say since our current wireless infrastructure does not support iOS, the main operating system for iPads, iPhones, and iPads. I think librarians are very quick to just on the technology bandwagon. For instance, there was a recent column by Steven Bell in library journal that examined the use of Web 2.0 technologies among librarians. He stresses the importance of being more strategic about social networking. I think this something to really consider when it comes to any new technology. I think it’s great that librarians are early adopters of technology, but I think a lot of folks dive in with out thinking. There’s the issue of learning new technology, finding value in so users will take advantage of it, and looking pass the novelty of something new. I think it’s easy to mislead ourselves that students, faculty, and other library users are going to do research on their tiny phone rather than go up to a reference librarian and ask for help.

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