It should come as no surprise that mobile device use in libraries is increasing. Research from the Pew Research Internet Project indicates that 43 percent of American adults now own a tablet or e-reader, and 91 percent of Americans own a cell phone. Of those cell phone owners, 60 percent use their phone to access the Internet. Mobile use is increasing productivity and connectivity in many ways.
Tablets, laptops, e-readers, and smartphones are all becoming a part of daily life, and library users are toting their tech gadgets with them to read, study, or get work done. As a result, libraries are seeing a need to change the way they manage their space and services, not only to accommodate but to welcome in this new trend.
In an effort to help libraries become more mobile-friendly, TechSoup for Libraries is hosting a series of free webinars in July and August addressing this topic. Please register for each webinar at the links below:
Wednesday, July 16, 11:00 AM (PDT)
Learn how to meet the mobile device needs of your community by adapting your library space, improving IT infrastructure, and providing support to staff.
Wednesday, July 30, 11:00 AM (PDT)
This webinar will share ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing adult programs to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills.
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 AM (PDT)
Come to this webinar to gain ideas and learn best practices for bringing mobile devices into your youth library programs and services.
Looking for more resources on making your library mobile-friendly? Check out these TechSoup for Libraries blog posts:
- Loaning Out Internet at the Providence Community Library
- Hands-on e-reader Training for Library Staff: The NTLP Success Story
- Library in a Box: How Worthington Brings Library Services Anywhere