Assessing Adoption and Implementation of Mobile Technology-Based Library Services in Academic Libraries
De-Graft Johnson Dei

De-Graft Johnson Dei, Lecturer, School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon and KAAF University, Ghana.

Manuscript received on December 17, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on December 20, 2019. | Manuscript published on January 10, 2020. | PP: 1669-1677 | Volume-9 Issue-3, January 2020. | Retrieval Number: C8305019320/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.C8305.019320
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Abstract: Mobile Technologies (m-tech) have been embraced by stakeholders of academic libraries globally in recent times as a medium that can offer convenient library services to library patrons. This study was to ascertain the potentials of adopting and implementing m-tech based library services in academic libraries in Ghana. The study was a descriptive survey and the mixed method approach was used. The major findings were that there were a strong awareness and deep appreciation for the use of mtech library services among library management and students, however, m-tech based library services have not been implemented in the libraries due to diverse reasons. These include inadequate ICT infrastructure, skills gap as a result of lack of training, lack of policy framework for the adoption of the technology and clearing the hurdle of convincing university management to accept the technology. As a result, it was recommended that the libraries need to invest more in ICT infrastructure specifically m-tech infrastructure and build on their human resource base through recruitment and professional training on emerging technologies 
Keywords: Mobile Technology, Mobile Device, Academic libraries, Technology,
Scope of the Article: Mobile Computing and Applications