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Continuing the Conversation: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 13, 2011 - 2:34pm

Update: During Part I of the Integrating iPads and Tablets into Library Services workshops, Catawba College Librarian Keith Engwall volunteered to share his “Getting Started with the iPad2” help document, and many of you responded enthusiastically. Thanks to Keith’s generosity, this document is now available for you to view—it’s embedded below. Be sure to join us this Thursday as we answer more of your questions, explore more practical applications of tablets in libraries, and look in-depth at some amazing apps!

Getting Started With the iPad 2 by Keth Engwall, Catawba College Library

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource  Workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang. We had some fantastic discussion during this event, and we’re using the comments area of this post to continue it. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

Discussion Questions

  • If we have netbooks, why do we need tablets? Can you explain the difference?
  • If tablet technology is evolving as quickly as you guys say, is there even a point in implementing a program right now? By the time we buy a tablet, create policies and put them into action, won’t everything be obsolete?
  • Is there a management suite that can administer and maintain the a group of tablets?
  • If the library is using or lending tablets, what are the most important things we need to know about privacy concerns?

Resources from Today’s Event:

The Preliminary Readings from Today’s Event

Today’s Slides

Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services


Comments (5)

Would like to suggest that

Would like to suggest that for the second half of the series you make it viewable actually on an iPad. The first one in the series didn't allow for viewing on the iPad which I felt was a poor showing when the topic being presented was about iPads.

Concordia University

Concordia University Libraries (Montréal) currently circulate iPads & have policies posted on its website:
http://library.concordia.ca/services/computers/tablet.php

Announcement:
http://www.concordia.ca/now/campus-beat/concordia-community/20111026/tab...

I just wanted to comment and

I just wanted to comment and suggest that if possible, for the second half of the series being shown tomorrow you make it viewable actually on an iPad. The first one in the series didn't allow for viewing on the iPad which I felt was a poor showing when the topic being presented was about iPads.

I'm interested in learning

I'm interested in learning how libraries use the iPhone Configuration Utility to create and restore profiles. Is it more effective than using iTunes backups? How do they set it up?

Id like to answer the

Id like to answer the question number 1.

For me i need a tablet because it is convenient and not so bulky when i go somewhere. The big difference is that the tablets has limited use while netbooks has many.