today technology

  • Status Closed
  • Budget $250 - $750 USD
  • Total Bids 5

Project Description

As mobile devices become more commonplace, the

number of students using mobile devices continues to

grow. In 2010, the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied

Research (ECAR) Study of Undergraduate Students

and Information Technology found that 48.8% of

undergraduates own a mobile device and access the

Internet with it, up from 33.1% in 2009 [1]. With more

students using Internet-enabled mobile devices, academic libraries have begun offering mobile access to

their catalogs, resources, and other services [2, 3]. Not

all academic libraries offer such services, and those

that do vary considerably in the scope and depth of

the resources and services they offer on their mobile

sites [3, 4]. A study by Canuel and Crichton of library

mobile sites at academic institutions in Canada ‘‘has

revealed steady growth of [mobile] sites’’ and stresses

the importance of mobile sites to the services

provided by academic libraries [4].

Compared to other academic disciplines, medicine

has been an early adopter in the use of mobile devices,

and that trend continues today, with medical libraries

providing more mobile resources, services, and

support than libraries in other disciplines [5–7].

Recent studies have examined the usage of mobile

resources by medical students. One survey found that

medical residents liked using their Internet-enabled

mobile devices to access information at the bedside

[8]. Another survey showed that medical students

used personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access

point-of-care tools, though the survey did not

investigate Internet-enabled devices like the iPhone

[9]. Despite the wide use of mobile devices and the

perceived comfort with technology, medical students

have diverse abilities and knowledge when it comes

to using technology [10]. This can create challenges

for the librarians who provide support to these

students. Additionally, each licensed point-of-care

tool has different and often complex instructions on

how to access the web page or application. The lack of

reliable wireless Internet access for physicians and

students in hospitals also complicates access to point of-care tools on mobile devices. The popularity of

mobile devices among medical students combined

with the technical challenges facing the use of these

devices and resources informed the development of

this project.

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