January 23, 2022

New Full Text Research Article: “A Theory of Mobile Library Service Delivery”

Note: infoDOCKET would once again like to thank the team at SAGE for opening up their paywall and allowing us to provide free, full text access to a journal article we selected and have linked to below.

This article was made available via the SAGE OnlineFirst program last week and will appear in print in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Simply click the link below and you’ll be taken direct to the full text. A link is also provided to grab a PDF version of the article. The article will be available for free via the URL below for the next month.


A Theory of Mobile Library Service Delivery


Sarah-Jane Saravani
University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gaby Haddow
Curtin University, Australia


Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Online First (July 17, 2015)


Research indicates there is widespread acceptance that nomadicity of library users is a phenomenon that will continue to increase; however, mobile learning is a resource that relatively few academic libraries appear to be taking advantage of.

This paper presents a model developed during an investigation using a grounded theory approach into factors that may contribute to the delivery of library services to mobile technologies. A sample of 42 professionally qualified library staff from the Australasian vocational education and training (VET) sector was investigated to determine how confident and capable library staff believed they were to respond to technology advancement challenges and the training and support required for that response.

The resulting theoretical model explains the impact of mobile technologies on library services and highlights the complex factors contributing to mobile technology acceptance at both an organisational and individual level. The presence of a series of catalysing impacts forms a central core and their management can enable an organisation to move from a position of uncertainty to one where the consequences of mobile technologies have been normalised.

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13 pages; PDF.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.