Rebecca, Heather, and Carolyn presented Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services (ALA TechSource workshop) on March 14 and 21, 2013.
Slides from the March 14 presentation are available at:
- Sue Polanka’s Establishing an eReader Lending Program
- Last year’s(2012) ALA TechSource Webinar of the same name
- Presentations and handouts from Florida Library Association Conference 2012 (lot’s of interesting presentations, including eBooks, Fair Use, iPads/Tablets, RDA
Presenters: Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, all from Virginia Tech.
Program started with history of tablets, which we probably didn’t need to know.
Mobile information literacy - presenters say libraries can take leadership
3Q12: 25% of all computers sold were tablets
Some statistics from Pew: people are using tablets and smartphones more to consume rather than produce information.
13% of those over 16 have accessed a library website with mobile device
25% of those over 16 have accessed a library website on any device
Library website activity - surprising list, downloading is way down the list; searching library catalog is tops. (Slide 29)
A new word: “Phablet” - a phone from 5 to 8 inches
In their workshops have seen Samsung Galaxy tablets as most popular after Apple and kindle fire
Tablets are impacting the market for eReaders (Slide 46)
Presented a sample budget of $30,000 to implement a library iPad program. Biggest dent is kiosk system for dispensing iPads at $20,000, TechLogic MediaSurfer.
When purchasing apps, need to plan one license per device.
Considerations when plannign to circulate tablets: Space, tracking the device, content, accessories, process for checking in (wipe & restore)
Note that we face all these considerations when circ’ing laptops or eReaders.
In their University environment, each iPad user has an account with their own Apple ID which they use to purchase and update their own apps. They sync data between devices.
Different profiles on devices. Users login with their own account when they have the iPad, and might purchase/install apps.
They wipe & restore the device after its circulated, syncing with the instituional iTunes profile. (Reset, erase all content & settings, sync from iTunes using library’s Apple account, and restore.)
Develop policies - who is eligible to check out devices, how long (see Slide 68)
User support - training and tutorials
Some case studies at the end of the slideshow, were not covered in 3/14 presentation. (See Slide 92 and 93 for references to Children’s use of iPads in library)
December Art in the Lobby at LPL
Anna Perun: Oil, watercolor/ink
Originally from Ukraine, Anna Perun’s beautiful art has touched the lives of many people. Through her confidence, determination, and charming personality, Anna is living her dream and creating distinctive works of art in today’s revolutionizing world.
I am now the proud owner of one of Anna Perun’s paintings! It’s beautiful.
Leonard Nimoy and The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
My favorite Colorado DJ Bret Saunders pointed this out.
I signed up for this OCLC WebJunction webinar Jan 23. Feeling like I need a little inspiration in the New Year.
It’s presented by Heather Braum, who blogs at Librarian in the Cloud.
We made this for Thanksgiving - it was delicious! We substituted Queen Anne cherries and dried cranberries for the tart cherries. We will make this again.
Caitlin Morris writes about the meaning of libraries:
“On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate “need” for “stuff.” A mall—the shops—are places where your money makes the wealthy wealthier. But a library is where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary, instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power.”
This can’t fail to make you smile!