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The 3rd scientific conference

"Smart phones as an information seeking platforms: changes, challenges, and applications"

Cairo, Egypt

7-8 April 2018


About the conference

Since the invention of smart phones, they take over an important part of the daily life of people. Smart phones became an essential tool in our lives generally. They are no longer considered as a tool for communication; they developed and became one of the main tools of transfer and access to information. The official statistics issued by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) prove how smart phone developed rapidly over the last ten years.

Internationally; the number cell phones subscribers increased from in 2005 to subscribers in 2016. For accessing the internet via cell phones; the number of subscribers increased from 268.000.000 in 2007 to 3.654.000.000 subscribers in 2016. On the other side; the number of fixed phone subscribers decreased from in 2005 to subscribers in 2016.

Regarding Arab countries; the number of cell phones users increased from 84 million subscribers in 2005 to 426 million in 2016, and 185 million subscribers access the internet via cell phones, this number was 18 millions in 2010.

The huge development not limited to devices or lines only, software also developed rapidly. The main three stores of smart phones applications have more than 4 millions applications. Google store has 2.200.000, Windows store has about 670.000 applications, and Apple store has about 2 millions applications.


In the last five years; mobile applications possessed the highest percentage of programming market. As a result; we have a millions of applications in all aspects of the human life. Libraries and information institutions were not so far from that revolution!! In order to simulate the new changes and development in the community, libraries started to depend on mobile applications in presenting services to users. Companies that already work on software for libraries developed their applications to be compatible with mobile devices. Libraries started to develop its basic services to be compatible with smart phones applications, for example: searching the OPACs, reference service … etc.

With the new development of smart phones in the community, it was necessary to find out, how smart phone and mobile applications affected libraries and information institutions, and the community in general.

Aims of the conference

1. Studying the effects of smart phones on information seeking behavior.

2. Finding out social, economic, and psychological effects of spreading smart phones in the community.

3. Studying the actual implementation of smart phones in libraries, information institutions, archives, museums and other institutions.

4. Discovering the benefits of smart phones in scientific, cultural, and educational aspects.

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