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With most library users owning a mobile phone, and increasing numbers of these being smartphones, it is time for libraries to take advantage of mobile technology. Andrew Walsh looks at the different levels that can be used from simple text messaging for both alerts and enquiries, to making sure the library is present on location-based social networks, and ultimately to creating an augmented reality layer.

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With most library users owning a mobile phone, and increasing numbers of these being smartphones, it is time for libraries to take advantage of mobile technology. Andrew Walsh looks at the different levels that can be used from simple text messaging for both alerts and enquiries, to making sure the library is present on location-based social networks, and ultimately to creating an augmented reality layer.

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There are different levels at which libraries can enter the world of mobile friendly services, from basic text messaging services, through the mobile web that is increasing rapidly in importance and availability, to the more speculative (and fragmented) world of location aware services

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