WEBLIOGRAPHY #2 2
Barnhart and Pierce (2011) author an inquiry into the possibilities of the library referencedesk in circumstances where patrons are increasingly mobile and expecting of ubiquitous access.The article studies the various types of mobile interaction that are becoming commonplace andattempts to find ways in which each can be potentially integrated into the traditional librarysetup. Factors such as the potential for continuing change, staffing possibilities, and costs areweighed with suggestions only given when the authors feel they are warranted.The authors look at a few implications and issues for further study. Where doesaugmented reality fit into the mobile device discussion? What about a digital library and e-book lending? Can libraries adapt to the point of allowing ubiquitous mobile access to books, articles,reference materials, video and other materials? What effect is mobile learning having onpedagogy and will that directly affect what is expected of a library? The reasonable conclusionis that things are still very fluid and hard to pin down.
While it would be easy to refer to the conclusion as taking the easy way out, the specificsof the changes in technology warrant it. It is still extremely difficult to keep up with more than just a few established norms in mobile technology as devices, access, and programs/applicationsare all still changing at a rapid pace.This author has not given much thought to traditional educational resources such as thelibrary. The authors hit on a tremendous point when noting that it is unreasonable, and likelyunsustainable, for a university library to have a personally monitored reference desk at all hoursof all days. Options, such as multiple schools in varying time zones grouping together to sharemobile reference desk duties, are suggested.