Mobile Library Services?

Lukas Koster over at has an interesting post asking “Do we need mobile library services?” His answer is “Not really.” It is very interesting take on mobile applications for libraries. The only application that has received significant use form his library’s mobile site is one that shows which desktop computers are free. I am not surprised by this. I never really saw the reason behind such the hype for mobile in libraries. Sure, having a Web page that is readable and has hours or related information is nice, but beyond that I was, and remain, skeptical. Still maybe Lukas, I, and others such as Aaron Tay that are not sure about the hype are in the minority considering the success of the Handheld Librarian Conference (The 4th conference is happening in about 2 months).