Survey Says Magazine Apps are Crucial to Librarians

Jan 29, 2015


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As a digital publishing company specializing in mobile apps, Exact Editions wanted to better understand the function of mobile technology in libraries and their place in the future. A survey was conducted in January 2015. It quickly became evident that librarians are already recognizing the sudden increase in students adopting mobile devices for academic purposes. According to the study, 68% of librarians revealed that students frequently used mobile devices to access e-resources in their libraries currently, while all of them answered that this will most definitely increase in the future. 

Cross platform compatibility is a crucial requirement for libraries. Over half of the librarians surveyed estimated that the use of tablets and smartphones will become more prevalent than desktop resources, while all of them recognized the essential requirement in offering multi platform resources.

In a finding that may be surprising to many mobile advocates, 91% of librarians agreed that the publication should maintain the original look of the printed copy. This not only ensures that the content retains an aesthetic quality, but also provides contextual background, a pivotal necessity for much research. Additionally with mobile apps, the ease at which users are able to scroll quickly through the publications pages ensures reading is far more organic.

(exacteditions.com)