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Pew Internet Report: Wireless Internet Use

According to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, Wireless Internet Use, the ways people access the Internet is rapidly changing.   Approximately 56% of American adults have accessed the Internet wirelessly. Among the most popular devices are laptop computers (39% of wireless users) and handheld devices including smartphones and cell phones (32% of wireless users). One-percent of users access the Internet via e-book readers such as Kindle or Sony e-reader.

The reasons people are using wireless methods of accessing the Internet are not surprising.  Among the 2,253 survey interviewees, 50% said that it is very important to them to stay in touch with others with wireless access and 46% considered accessing information on the go to be very important.

To take advantage of the changing patterns of Internet access, libraries have been developing mobile or iPhone versions of their website or online catalog.  For example, the University of Buffalo Health Sciences Library has recently debuted an iPhone enabled version of their website.  A list of libraries offering mobile interfaces for their website is available on the Library Success Wiki.

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