“In just two years most internet traffic will be from mobiles”

So libraries need to think mobile. The technology described here is based on an article by Boris Zetterlund who is part of the company that have developed the mobile app MyLibrary from Axiell Arena. This software connects libraries, museums and archives by making their cataloguing information (enhanced with reviews, front pages, similar titles etc.) available through the internet. It also includes a social networking aspect – providing the opportunity for the users to communicate and share information, so creating communities of library users sharing e-materials.

This has been taken up in Scandinavia and UK. It is probably costly to implement and there may be other firms in the same market, but I thought the concept interesting enough to share with you, since mobile phones are so widespread in Africa.

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information.


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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