iPad’s in Academic Libraries Directors Brief by Carleen Huxley LIBR 287 San Jose UniversityMusic Attribution: Op.6, No. 26-Return to Button House by Tom Fahy
In March of 2010, Apple released a new line of tablet computers call the iPad. Since then educators and librarians world wide have been attempting to harness this new form of mobile technology to help support new initiatives in learning and literacy on college campuses. CC Image courtesy of meedanphoto on Flickr
iPad “Tablets present an economic, flexible alternative to laptops and desktops due to their lower cost, greater portability, and access to apps.” 2012 Horizon ReportCC Image courtesy of 3Gstore.de on Flickr
Two different options were reviewed.iPads for loan.iPads and roaming reference services. CC Image courtesy of flickingerbrad on Flickr
iPads for loan Model: Bishop Mueller Library at Briar Cliff University • Two 16GB iPads with Wifi • Purchased an iTunes gift card to create accounts for each iPad • Used one computer as hub for restoring iPad • Turned off ability to download apps in the iPad settings • Preloaded popular apps onto iPad.(Thompson, 2011)
Suggestions Create an iPad loan and usage police. Consider which apps to preload on iPad’s. Staff training. Experimenting with subject specialty iPad (one for art, another for music, medicine, etc). Accessories. Consider a blue tooth keyboard.
iPads and Roaming Reference Model: Geoffrey R. Weller library, University of Northern British Columbia• Resulted in 228 additional reference questions.• Provide point of need service using a device with better portability than a laptop.• Integrated virtual chat services so students could contact the roaming reference librarian and initiate a face-to-face transaction.(McCabe and MacDonald, 2011)
Drawbacks Navigating and conducting research in librarydatabases was reported to be rather cumbersome by staff members. (Pssst, a wireless/blue tooth keyboard may be a helpful accessory for this particular problem.)
Additional Examples• Morris Library at Southern Illinois University purchased iPad2’s for their roaming reference program and conducted virtual video chat sessions with patrons.• Provided a unique element for instruction. Librarians could show patrons images of reference resources, books, computer screens displaying a search in a database, or even a quick walking tour of the library (Lotts & Graves, 2011).
Suggestions Staffcomfort level using iPads before beginning roaming reference service. Librarians must be more proactive at approaching students when conducting roaming reference. Appropriate scheduling. Integrating virtual/video chat.
In Conclusion: Say no to techno lust. Our goal is not to use one new gizmo to replace another simply because it’s new and shiny. Determine it’s strengths and weakness in your particular library environment, and whether it enhances your services to students, staff and faculty.
Behold the next generation of college students CC Image courtesy of flickingerbrad on Flickr