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Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library

We live in the age of cell phones, iPads and netbooks, where gadgets are everywhere, and many people use one at nearly every waking moment. The newest gadgets don't often come cheap, and a poor investment can be costly for an institution like a library.

In the April issue of Library Technology Reports, eminent blogger and library technology expert Jason Griffey provides a comprehensive guide to the present and future of modern gadgets, and how they can fit in to any librarian's plan for a high-tech future. From eReaders to cameras and audio recorders to the iPad, Jason provides insight into what these devices can do, how much they cost, and how librarians can use them to enhance their facilities and service.

Topics covered in this issue include:

  • Electronic Book Readers
    • Sony eReaders
    • The Kindle
    • The Nook
    • eReaders slated for future release
  • Personal Multimedia Devices for Capturing and Consuming
    • Video Capture Devices
    • Audio Capture Devices
    • Personal Scanners/ Text Capture Devices
    • Personal Multimedia Devices
  • The iPad
  • Odd or Unusual Gadgets
    • Chumby
    • The Sony Dash
    • Nabaztag
    • Maker culture and "open source" hardware

 

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