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Using Tablets and Apps in Libraries

Elizabeth Willse - Series edited by Ellyssa Kroski

Over 52 million tablet devices were sold during the fourth quarter of 2012 and sales are predicted to continue to increase in years to come. These lightweight mobile computing devices are quickly becoming an integral part of patrons’ everyday lives. Libraries are responding by incorporating them into their programs and services. Using Tablets and App in Libraries outlines how libraries can support this new BYOD (bring your own device) culture including offering app events and instruction, installing mounted tablets within the library, offering tablet lending programs, initiating tablet training programs for staff, and ways to evaluate and use quality apps.

Discover how you can implement a successful tablet program in your library. Through this comprehensive guide, readers will learn:
  • How to integrate the potential of tablet technology into existing library programs and staff workflows
  • How to Host a Staff Training Technology Petting Zoo
  • How to provide tablet support and training for your patrons
  • How to use tablets in your story time and other children’s programming
  • How to circulate tablets in your library
  • How to use tablets to promote library services
  • How to use tablets in your physical spaces to provide and gather information
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 156Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-4389-7 • Hardback • September 2015 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4422-4390-3 • Paperback • September 2015 • $45.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4422-4391-0 • eBook • September 2015 • $44.99 • (£29.95)
Elizabeth Willse received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Her key area of study has been an examination of how library practice is evolving at the intersection of traditional and digital media, seeking ways to harness both to improve outreach and instruction. A freelance writer with over a decade of experience, her writing has appeared in publications such as the Newark Star-Ledger, Women’s Health Magazine, ChelseaNow and numerous web outlets.
Foreword by Ellyssa Kroski

Chapter One: An Introduction
Chapter Two: Getting Started
Chapter Three: Tools and Applications
Chapter Four: Library Examples and Case Studies
Chapter Five: Step-by-Step Library Projects
Chapter Six: Tips and Tricks
Chapter Seven: Future Trends
Chapter Eight: Recommended Reading

About the Author
I enthusiastically recommend the Library Technology Essentials series. Many libraries will want to invest in the entire set as a professional development resource since they will inevitably face some degree of involvement with each of the volume topics. Library technologists will want one of these books at their side as they launch new projects or initiatives. Ellyssa Kroski has shepherded a collection that makes an important contribution to the professional practice of library technology.
Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Speaker, and Author; editor Library Technology Guide editor, Computers in Libraries columnist, and Smart Libraries Newsletter editor