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There currently are approximately seven billion people on earth, and approximately six billion active mobile phone subscriptions. Mobile devices have transformed how we communicate, seek and use information, create content, and are entertained. Nearly all types of social, cultural, commercial, and governmental organizations, including libraries of all types, must reconceptualize and revamp their services and systems to meet the needs, expectations, and preferences of mobile users. Covering topics such as mobile reference, eBooks, mobile websites, and QR codes, this book examines the effects of the global mobile revolution on libraries and library users - critical information all librarians need. The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian provides the information and guidance librarians need to adapt themselves and their facilities to the mobile revolution - the fastest, most diffuse worldwide technological innovation in human history.

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