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Abstract

As smartphones become ubiquitous, they increasingly influence the way in which students seek and use information. It is important to understand emerging information behavior as a result of wide spread use of smartphones. This paper provides an overview of information behavior in the mobile environment. Gender differences in mobile information seeking are discussed. People interact with mobile information in varied and unpredictable locations or while in transit. The mobility of information engagement is an important issue that human information theory should embrace.

About Author

Dr. Ziming Liu received his Ph.D. in library and information studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He has published widely in top-tier scholarly journals such as Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Communications of the ACM, Information Processing and Management, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, and Journal of Documentation. His book, Paper to Digital: Documents in the Information Age, is indicative of his research concerns.