Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version

Fall 11-30-2011

Document Type



A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Journalism and Mass Communications, Under the Supervision of Professor Stacy James. Lincoln, Nebraska: November, 2011

Copyright (c) 2011 Teonne A. Wright


In March of 2010 the University of Nebraska at Omaha Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library launched mCriss, the library mobile website to support the educational objectives of on-campus and distance students as well as the research goals of UNO faculty and staff. The study investigators conducted an online survey of UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni and UNO Library Friends ages 19 and older. The purpose of this study was to collect data on UNO community member use of mobile devices and UNO Criss Library mobile services, to determine if participants: are aware of the different aspects of the Library mobile initiative; use Criss Library mobile resources; are interested in other library mobile services and (if so) identify which resources/services are of interest; and determine participant perceptions of library mobile resources/services. The study found that the modal users of the Criss Library mobile website are Caucasian, female, undergraduate students between the age of 19 to 25 in the social sciences. The results also shows that 66 percent have Internet access on their mobile phone, but only 24 percent have used a mobile device to access UNO Library mobile resources. Library catalog and library hours are the top resources used on a mobile device.

Adviser: Stacy James