m-Libraries Conference 2009, Second International m-libraries Conference

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Mobile technologies and their possibilities for the Library, University of the South Pacific (USP)

Elizabeth Fong

Last modified: 2009-07-03


Mobile technology in the Pacific today is the most rapidly growing form of communication available to Pacific islanders. Providers of tertiary education in this region are yet to seriously investigate the benefits and possibilities of mobile devices in the teaching and learning process. The University of the South Pacific (USP) a regional institution owned by 12 regional governments is regarded as a leader in the provision of distance and flexible. With 12 campuses/centre and 21 libraries within the network, the challenge for the Library is to make its resources like the OPAC, online databases and digital thesis collection and webpage more accessible to its users through mobile devices such as phones, MP3s, PDAs etc. In mid-March 2009 the Laucala (Fiji) , Emalus (Vanuatu) and Alafua (Samoa) Campus libraries will undertake preliminary research to ascertain the possibilities of making this a reality. The purpose of the research will be three-fold (i) to obtain information on the range, type and mobile devices owned by library users; (ii) to ascertain the number (percentage) of library users with mobile devices (iii) to obtain the views of library users on the use of mobile devices for online learning. The outcome of this preliminary research will determine the options available to the University library to develop these means of communication. It is intended that the outcomes of the research is presented to the M-Libraries Conference 2009 along with possible options for the USP Library to pursue in its efforts to better serve its students and staff.

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