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Text analysis and data mining are two examples highlighting how librarians’ skills are proving useful for research and the creation of new information. Mobile libraries The mobile library isn’t a bookmobile driving between locations; rather, the mobile library refers to library services and materials that are available 24 hours a day on any type of device. Applications, or apps, are an emerging technology that is impacting libraries. Apps work differently than websites. A web application is accessed using a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari, while an app is specific to an operating system and is downloaded to a device that connects directly to a service.
Although consumers are becoming a force in e-print purchasing and a direct revenue source for vendors, libraries remain the prime customers. 97 billion and unit sales of 143 million from purchases by libraries, government agencies and professional businesses (Association of American Publishers, 2010: 1). Although these amounts are less than retail sales, they indicate that libraries are playing a role in the health of the publishing community. It is important, therefore, that librarians continue to work with publishers and advocate for the population of readers who rely on libraries for access to quality information.
One particular 2012 survey of how researchers find citations compared 2005, 2008 and 2012 data and revealed a downward trend in using the library website to locate citations (Gardner and Inger, 2012). Preference was shown to Google Scholar, journal home pages and subject databases ahead of the library. This emphasizes the need to brand all access points for library subscriptions, and highlights the importance of having a recognizable presence on the aforementioned sites so that patrons understand that the library is providing access.