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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2015, Vol. 31 Issue (1): 1-8    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2015.01.01
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M-library: From Devices to People——A Comprehensive Review of the 5th International M-libraries Conference
Yao Fei, Jiang Airong
Tsinghua University Library, Beijing 100084, China
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[Objective] This paper reviews the 5th International M-libraries Conference, presents and discusses the current situation and the development trend of mobile libraries. [Coverage] Take the 40 presentations of the conference as the main research objects. [Methods] Focusing on "M-libraries: From Devices to People", analiyze and discuss challenges and strategies involved in embracing mobile innovation for libraries, practice for the use of mobile technologies in libraries, wearable devices and augmented reality, the tight coupling of mobile technologies with teaching and researching, China development of mobile technologies, mobile technologies enhancing information access for all and so on in depth. [Results] Stress the importance of mobile strategies, the difference of attributes to mobile libraries, the imbalance of development, and summarize the main research progresses and existing problems. [Limitations] Based on the presentations of the conference, it may not cover the wider practice cases and research results. [Conclusions] Libraries are supposed to face and anticipate the construction of the user-centred m-libraries, providing a ubiquitous service everywhere.

Key wordsMobile library      Mobile technology      Strategy      App      Wearable device     
Received: 31 July 2014      Published: 12 February 2015
:  G250.7  

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Yao Fei, Jiang Airong. M-library: From Devices to People——A Comprehensive Review of the 5th International M-libraries Conference. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2015, 31(1): 1-8.

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