Purpose The purpose of this paper is to carry out a survey in order to better understand the nature of handheld mobile computing use by academic library users and to determine whether there is a significant demand for using the library services with these small screen devices. Design/methodology/approach A survey is created to measure whether people want to access an OPAC with a small screen. Additionally, through openended questions, the survey attempts to gain a broader understanding of handheld mobile computing's impact on, and implications for, the services provided by academic libraries. Findings A total of 58.4 percent of respondents who own a webenabled handheld device indicate that they would use small screen devices, such as PDAs or webenabled cell phones to search a library OPAC. Originality/value The increasing prevalence of handheld mobile computing devices such as PDAs and webenabled cell phones warrants investigation as to its impact on libraries. This study examines an academic library user population and the potential demand for using the library's catalog with handheld mobile computing devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Information Systems
- Library and Information Sciences