Discovery 15 – Mobile Phones

November 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm 1 comment


They’re small, they’re light, they’re mobile phones!

Oh, perhaps we’d better take a look at something more up to date:

Back in Discovery 9 we took a look at SMS / texting on mobile phones. The latest mobile phones are almost like fully functioning computers, which allow you to:

  • access the internet and email,
  • shoot photos and video and upload to sites like YouTube
  • access web 2.0 tools like Facebook and Twitter.

The second video above is about an application (often abbreviated to ‘app’) for the latest version of the Apple iPhone. There are now thousands of apps (some free, some you need to pay for) available to add extra features and functionality to iPhones.


If you don’t have access to a recent phone to play around with, have a chat with your supervisor – most of our work mobile phones can access some online services.

Play with these facts and figures…

Who has a mobile phone?

According to the ABS, one third of all Australian children (between ages of 5 to 14) have a mobile phone (*1). In the 12 to 14 year age group, that jumps to just over 75% ownership. It’s not just city kids either. According to the report: There was no difference between the proportion of children who had a mobile phone by their location (living in a state capital city or outside of a state capital city (including Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory)). Mobile phone ownership was 33% for children living in outer regional areas, 31% or children living in major cities and 30% or children living in inner regional areas.

According to another a recent government report (*2), at June 2008, there were just over 22 million mobile phone subscribers in Australia – about the same number of people in Australia (*3).

How are people using mobile phones?

 This recent report (*4)  from the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association has some interesting stats:

  • 77% of survey respondents use the mobile phone for a purpose other than voice and SMS
  • 21% of respondents said they visit websites on their mobile phone at least once a day
  • 25% of respondents said they carry out mobile searches at least once a week
  •  57% of respondents used MMS (sending pictures) in the last 12 months; 36% used email, 18% used IM; and 9% chat

How are libraries starting to deliver services via mobile phones?

  • mobile phone versions of library websites
  • SMS notification services (overdue notices etc)
  • Reference services via SMS
  • Library collections like e-books, audio books, music etc which can be used on mobile phones
  • Audio-tours of the library

Check out the article on M-Libraries in the Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki for links to many library examples.


Think of one service that CityLibraries could (and should?) deliver to customers via their mobile phones. Write an explanation in your learning blog.


*1.   Australian Bureau of Statistics. 4901.0 – Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, Apr 2009.

*2. Australian Government Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Statistical Snapshot – 2009 (PDF, 1.2 mb). Key statistical information for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

*3. Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Population Clock:

*4. Australian Interactive Media Industry Association. Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, 5th edn. September 2009.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. alison  |  November 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

    nice reference list!


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