Impact of mobile technology on digital libraries





Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences



Joint Master Degree in Digital Library Learning (DILL)


With the rapid advancement in technology in last two decades, mainly because of the advent of internet, the world no longer works the same. The advent of wireless networks and more recently mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets etc following the internet, contributed a lot to make mobile technology come into existence. The technology has gone on miles since then and there has been no looking back. Mobile devices, which were initially devised with an intention to replace telephones using wireless technology, have now become a very important part of daily communication not only for telephone service users but also for the internet users. Recent studies conducted at different places reveal that the volume of usage of internet using mobile devices is increasing at a very rapid pace. The two main reasons behind success of mobile technology is the benefits such as mobility and ubiquity served by mobile devices. The existing technology is obviously expected to improve rather more in future. These are the reasons why mobile technology is seen as future of communication by many. Mobile devices need an underlying support from Operating System and also need hardware and software support to communicate properly. The devices communicate across different platforms using a communication channel so they also need a defined set of protocols and network support in order to communicate and as mentioned earlier they need internet connection to communicate.


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