The recent buzz about the Google Phone, which is scheduled for release in the middle of next year, suggests that the evolution has begun. More pertinent to that argument, however, are the advancements in interactive design introduced by the Blackberry Pearl and iPhone and—most important—how the public has reacted to them. We are rapidly moving past the stage of early adopters and into the first phase of mainstream adoption. Before long, the chains binding us to our desktops and laptops will be severed.
This presents a whole new set of questions for librarians, many of whom still don't quite know what to make of changing desktop technology.
- Do we integrate our existing digital services to accommodate mobile technology?
- Do we build or buy new digital services that are made specifically to maximize mobile technology?
- How will mobile technology affect our contracts with data vendors?
- Do we allow patrons free use of their mobiles—including the its phone—in the library, or do we separate and police our spaces by function rather than content? (That context v. content question keeps coming up.)
- Do we choose to ignore mobile technology entirely and define ourselves in other ways?