AbstractLack of Internet access and availability of computers in Africa has hindered learning and teaching there. However, the growing prevalence of mobile phones in Africa and elsewhere has created a way for information to be quickly and easily disseminated in areas where access to the Internet and computers are limited. Mobile phones in Africa are currently being used to share information relating to agriculture, as well as other critical topics such as health and finance. This paper will examine these current uses, investigate the current and future use of mobile phones by academic libraries and in education in Africa, and discuss how mobile phones might be leveraged to further education and information dissemination through academic libraries.
SubjectsAcademic libraries, Information literacy, Mobile phones, Technology, Text messaging, Africa
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