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  • 1. Anna Kim
    Weekend 3
    Libraries, technology, & teens
  • 2. E-Readers in the library
    There are still some conflicting views about e-reader usage among teens.
    • Some suggest younger readers are disinterested.
    • 3. Others cite increasing sales in young adult literature.
    • 4. Who’s right?
  • Issues to consider
    • DRM makes loaning books on multiple devices a tricky proposition.
    • 5. Limits number of devices.
    • 6. HarperCollins has set a limit of 26 uses per license.
  • Considering the trouble, why bother with e-books and e-readers?
  • 7. More school libraries are actually experimenting with lending e-readers to the students.
    Buffy Hamilton, the Unquiet Librarian, has one such program in the works.
  • 8.
    • If kids are used to e-readers at school, they will expect them in public libraries, as well.
    • 9. Reading is an evolutionary process and we need to adapt.
    • 10. If we want to create readers, give them the tools.
    • 11. E-readers may help struggling readers.
    • 12. Backlight
    • 13. Text size
    • 14. Text-to-speech
    Yes, that’s Buffy Hamilton with her students.
  • 15. Libraries with e-reader programs
    Despite the issues, libraries across the country are experimenting with loaning e-readers.
    Broward County Library, Florida
    River Forest Public Library
    University of Alabama
  • 16. Smartpens
    • It can record information that it “hears” or writes.
    • 17. You can save, search, and play back recordings on the computer.*
    • 18. Notes can be shared with others via pdf.*
    • 19. “Pencasts”*
    *Separate software may be required.
    All information from
  • 20. Gwyneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is piloting a Livescribe program at her library.
    Read about her experience here.
  • 21. These pictures all belong to the Daring Librarian (from her Livescribe post)
    • Students can use smartpens to create their own book reviews.
    • 22. They can check them out at the library to do their homework.
    • 23. They can create “pencasts” about library programs.
  • Gesture-based computing
    “Minority Report”
  • 24. The technology is there.
    John Underkoffler with G-speak at a TED conference.
    • Boys learn better when they are active.
    • 25. Various applications include:
    • 26. Art
    • 27. Music
    • 28. Health
    Microsoft Xbox Kinect
  • 29. The Horizon Report projects that this technology will become prevalent in about 4-5 years.
  • 30. PranavMistry shown here with his SixthSense wearable device.
    We may not have to wait that long.