Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services

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The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Andromeda Yelton shows how libraries can build on the breadth of this population to help bridge the digital divide and provide even greater access to information. Yelton breaks down the demographics of mobile internet users, provides examples of how different libraries are reaching out to these populations, and suggests what the future may hold for this trend.

Topics include:

  • Who are mobile users?
  • What are mobile websites and mobile friendly-websites?
  • Expanding access to devices, collections, and services
  • Where to go next

Andromeda Yelton

Andromeda Yelton is a self-employed librarian and software developer. Winner of the 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, she was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader, class of 2011, and was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.She is a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board and the LITA board of directors. Learn more at her website.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.