Friday, October 14, 2011

Want to Start an iPad Program for a Library?

Yesterday I attended the ALA Webinar, Integrating iPads and Tablets Computers into Library Services (1). I  think the presenters did a great job. I hope MLA hosts a similar webcast to show successful iPad programs in health sciences libraries. At least one thing I learned from the webinar was that librarians need to ask questions before setting up a tablet program for their library:
  • What's it for? Is it for staff development, in-house use such as in class, or for circulating them to library patrons?
  • What content are you going to load on the device? Content would include apps and tools related to patron needs.
  • Do you have technical support for the program? 
  • How are you going to train library staff to provide frontline support for the program?
If you already have a tablet program in your library, what's your thought so far? 

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