Impact of mobile electronics

Posting to Autocat

On 12/11/2015 7:33 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:

I would like to add that the fundamental changes from mobile computing have taken place only within the last seven or eight years.  (Steve Jobs showed the first iPhone in 2007) Google itself feels >threatened and is reworking everything for mobile–and the changes have consequences for everyone from coders to systems to data structures to “information architecture”.

For one thing, RDA should adopt the ISBD “electronic” to replace computer” as a media term. I suspect very few now read e-books on a desk top, but rather on a Kindle, Kobo. or other electronic devices.

It also means patrons should have remote access to our catalogues.

What I meant by this is that people are accessing the internet and the web (which are different!), along with information, in ways that are fundamentally distinct from the ways they use desktops and laptops, and Google (for one) is changing to meet these developments.

For instance, with smart phones the primary way of accessing information is now through separate apps, instead of searching through general sites such as Google. Lack of keyboards and “mice” (mouses??) in favor of voice commands is another change. Google has also mandated that Flash is eliminated and Javascript be simplified. The use of “cards” (their term) has been emphasized.

So, creating sites available through the web has changed in some fundamental ways compared with only a decade or so ago.

We can assume that similar changes will happen in the future as mobile computing develops further; as virtual reality becomes more widely accessible, and other changes take place that we cannot imagine now.

Personally, for several reasons I think this represents a TREMENDOUS opportunity for libraries that has been lacking before. But we have to approach this without preconceived ideas. We must view this as another way to provide the public with tools and methods that THEY want instead of what WE want.