New technologies, changing formats and delivery modes are becoming a ubiquitous part of our information landscape. First we had the mobile phone, PDAs and the Blackberry. These early mobile tools have now been replaced with multifunctional devices such as the iPhone which can provide access to applications and information on the Web that is relevant to almost every aspect of our daily lives. Other discrete reading devices such as kindles, iPads, tablets and ebooks represent technology’s replacement for print/paper based information sources such as newspapers, brochures, books and catalogues.
Such mobile devices provide our students with 24/7 full-text access to information and recreational reading that extends far beyond the physical library collection. These mobile devices are definitely the way of the future, although the print options (old technologies) still exist and will probably continue to do so in the future. As costs diminish and these devices become more robust, they are becoming part of school library collections, just as videos, digital cameras, USB sticks, laptops and video cameras have in the past.