Perception on the Use of Mobile Phones in Retrieving Information from Academic Libraries: A developing country perspective

  • Elahi, Hasinul (Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University) ;
  • Islam, Shiful (Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka) ;
  • Begum, Dilara (Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University)
  • Received : 2017.09.21
  • Accepted : 2018.03.09
  • Published : 2018.03.31


The purpose of the study is to identify the perception of the Library and Information Science (LIS) specialists about the use of mobile phones in retrieving information. It investigates the present status of the LIS specialists regarding mobile phone usage, perceptions regarding the use of mobile phones in retrieving information from libraries and points out the possible drawbacks and their solutions for embracing mobile phones in retrieving information from libraries and providing some suggestions. The methodology includes a quantitative approach. The authors used a survey method using a structured questionnaire to measure the perception of LIS specialists regarding the use of mobile phones in retrieving information from libraries. The findings confirmed that the majority (72%) of LIS specialists have the experience of using mobile phones for more than 10 years. Findings also indicate that the LIS specialists have agreed with the statements of advantages of using mobile phones. This paper concludes that the respondents also agreed regarding the possible advantages of introducing mobile phones in retrieving information from libraries. The paper explores the original perceptions of LIS specialists regarding the use of mobile phones in retrieving information from libraries.



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