the future of libraries in the digital age
Background to the topic
The use of networked mobile gargets by students in Zimbabwean schools and other parts of the world is heavily disputed. 21St century is the era that has being bombarded with technology that is envisaged as the most powerful means of communication where Information can be obtained rapidly and instantaneously. Davis (2012) posits that mobile phone in Africa is now outpacking that of Latin America , making Africa the second-largest mobile –phone market in the world behind Asia , according to November 2011 report released by London based Groupe Speciale Mobile Association. It is against this backdrop that the growth and prevalence of mobile e-book technology than heavily rely on mobile gargets and networked technology, open educational resources is growing at an exponential rate in Zimbabwe and Africa. In Ghana and South Africa , a lot of effort has been done on the adoption of mobile e-reader technology in elementary-school age children who have rarely seen more than a handful of books are now using e-readers to access the whole library (Ash and Davis, 2012). Back to Zimbabwe, Econet has unveiled a programme that allows school going children to access the whole libraries from the push of the button. Though a lot of resistance has being felt in the implementation of e-resources in the education sector, people are beginning to realise the need to be connected to the network of resources. Mobile technology is opening up a world of books and academic concepts to students in Africa , providing teachers in rural areas schools with more professional development and support and helping government gather vital statistics about education systems (Davis, 2012).
It is from this background that the writer wants to learn , share and discover the how mobile e-reader technology is changing and contributing the way a school library operates and even its library services provision. Also take into account the proliferation and prevalence of MOOC /e-learning /mobile learning. How is this affecting your general library services provision in your area? What strategies are in place to control and maximize this technological innovation that is among us? Take into consideration issues like Multi-Device Managing Systems , Multi-device Charging systems,mobile learning and instructional design , BYOD (Bring Your Own Device , Interactive and synchronization of e-text with rest of the resources and data banks and Integration of Library Management with those systems that are coming into effect.