This paper was originally written as a Research Proposal for LIS 505: Introduction to Research in April 2011 (Winter Term 2011). Note: The study itself was was not actually conducted per assignment instructions.

Abstract

The goal of this qualitative study was to determine user preference in accessing academic and public library websites on traditional desktop computers compared to mobile device platforms. The study would evaluate users' perspectives comparing interfaces, features of the two modes of access in browsing, searching and navigating tasks, and the library and information services provided. Data collection would be through semi-structured interviews of 21 participants between the age range of 18 and 55. Half the interviews would be attained from academic institutions and half from public library communities within the city limits of Edmonton. Participants wouldbe required to have used a smartphone within six months prior to the commencement of the study. The study would contribute to the field of Library and Information Services by exploring user behavior and mobile devices, as well as user preference between desktop computers and mobile device interfaces of library websites.

Keywords

mobile technology, accessibility, user perception

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