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iPads in the Library: from Tech Programming to Staff Productivity


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PLA 2012 Conference on using iPads in the Library, by Joel Nichols, Free Library of Philadelphia

PLA 2012 Conference on using iPads in the Library, by Joel Nichols, Free Library of Philadelphia

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  • In this presentation, I’m going to focus on iPads and Apple’s operating system, iOS, and how it might be useful in Libraries.
  • But any discussion of iPads has to be centered in the context of other mobile devices, including tablet computers, e-readers and smart phones. I’m sure you have already experienced this new pressure in a number of ways:-> a patron brings in their own Nook and asks a librarian how to work it; and even more complicated and fraught: how to download FREE library ebooks to it-> patrons use your branch wi-fi on their iPod touch or smart phone instead of on a laptop as you may be used to[In fact, the use of smart phones instead of computers to access internet is more and more common, especially among Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans. I recommend reading Crawford in the NYTimes from December on this: “The New Digital Divide.”]
  • So quickly, an overview of some common devices and what they are good for and capable of. a note on operating systems, Android vsiOSRemember the 1990s? You used Microsoft Windows or you used Macintosh. (There are others, obviously: Linux, etc.) But what’s important to remember is that operating systems are software that lets you run other software. And if you can gaze back to the 90s, you’ll remember that we suffered a lot from lack of interoperability. If you had a Mac and I had a PC, I couldn’t easily share documents with you, we couldn’t run the same software, etc. In terms of desktop and laptop computing, lots of these interoperability problems have been worked around. I can fool by MacBook into running Windows, file conversion between platforms is relatively seamless with webtools and conversion software. And with the advent of Cloud computing, computers are more and more dummy terminals that simply connect you to webtools and the cloud, where your real computing is happening. So in some ways, it’s easier than ever to be device or operating system agnostic. Except when it comes to eReaders. Most of these things are pretty locked down, that is, you can only add software (apps) approved through a given app store, and you can only do what they want you to be able to do...
  • Your whole collection is not 100% available as e-books. Rebuying your entire storytelling collection as e-books is too expensive.Screen is too small for big groups. 1.    Learn to use the iPad as an enhancement to story programs, especially for school-aged programs. The iPad could be a great storytime tool. With e-picture books loaded up and appropriate playlist arranged, one could do a story program with just the iPad.-> all the books you have on your shelves are not available as e-books-> buying all the books you would want as e-books for storytime is probably cost prohibitive. But this is something to investigate, especially as you evaluate and plan storytelling collections. -> iPad screen, although bright and beautiful, is still too small for a large group. You could always mirror display onto a larger screen, or via VGA out, but setting up that kind of display infrastructure is at odds with using the iPad as a nimble, mobile tool.So: instead of thinking about moving your programming life totally onto this digital tool, I suggest instead starting by blending some digital techniques in with your trusty analogue standbys.
  • a.     Kamishibai story                                              i. Use iPad to create and tell a Kamishibai story.apps: KEYNOTE (paid) to author on iPad; SLIDESHARK (free) for viewing ppts on the iPad. You could easily author your slides on PowerPoint on your desktop and then just view on the iPad.program: fairly traditional Kamishibai story delivered with digital pictures                                            ii. Use one to prompt students to tell a storyapps: KEYNOTE (paid) to author on iPad; SLIDESHARK (free) for viewing program: after you’ve modeled a kamishibai, you could ask students to narrate a story based on the images in your slide show: Narrative skills, reading images, etc.                                           iii. Students create their own Kamishibaiapps: KEYNOTE (paid) to author on iPad; SLIDESHARK (free) for viewing; or, if you only have the one instructor iPad, have them do this on pieces of paper with drawing/collage, etc. If you have enough iPads, students could use any number of apps to create their images. DRAW FOR FREE, simple line drawings or other drawing/painting app; they could use the built-in camera to take a picture of something in the program room; or they could edit an image from the web using an image editor like SNAPSEED (paid) or PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS (free).
  • b.     Songs (& noises) on demandi. Every story program needs songs, especially for preschool ones. You could purchase songs from itunes to play, or you could load your CDs on (via a desktop or laptop). This could be a great tool for someone trying to start bilingual programming. ii. Animal noises: Books about animal noises pop up in nearly every preschool storytime. Why not supplement your voice skills with models from an app like ANIMAL NOISES or I HEAR EWE-ANIMAL SOUNDS FOR TODDLERS. You might also use the YOUTUBE app to load actual videos of barnyard animals engaged in some behavior: pigs rutting, baby horses nursing, etc., to stretch a given farm yard picture book. Some of these apps have vehicle noises, too.
  • c.     Moon program scenario--> afterschool science programming to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night.                                              i. 2 books about the moon, one fiction, one non                                            ii. Moon globe, free giveaway from the International Observe the Moon Night.                                           iii. Departmental laptop set up with animations of the phases of the moon.
  • -> on the iPad, these last two are in one step, and is the perfect way to stretch and enhance a program. YOUTUBE animations of the phases of the moon, as MOON GLOBE.-> MARS GLOBE, PLANETS, NIGHT SKY, NASA VISUALIZER, etc. lets participants go off in many more directions than even the other digital blends.
  •  iPads and Digital Literacy Activities for Teensa.    A group of teens read Eating Animals by Jonathan SafranFoer, and he came to their school to talk about the book. We planned this iPad program to follow up with some of these students, who are enrolled in a culinary vocational program. i. evaluate & explore recipe and/or nutrition apps: EPICURIOUS, FOODGAZER, INDIA CUISINE, RECIPES COOKBOOK, RECIPE.TV, RECIPE FINDER[ask them to compare: useability, content, other app parameters                                              i. also look at other food related apps, such as GROCERY IQ, HEALTHY GROCERY RECOMMENDATIONS, GROCERY GADGET FREE or even something like CRUELTY FREE, if anyone’s interested in themes of the book.                                            ii. Conclude the program by eliciting design requirements for better/best apps. Ask them to map out how the perfect recipe app would serve their needs, etc.
  • b.    Make a digital story                                              i. Audio, video and still picture requirements (with no extra equipment)TextImage--> PHOTOPAD, SNAPSEED (paid) or PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS, DRAW FOR FREE, Audio-->iTalk Recorder or others/all in ones: Scary Story Kit, Fotobabble, VOICE THREAD, I TELL A STORY, EXPLAIN EVERYTHING (paid), STORYROBE (paid)You can always plug in a social media connection: teens blog or tweet or facebook their stories.
  • Example of digital story/Puppet Pals
  • 3.     Learn how to search apps and what selection criteria to employ before you use one.a.     Review resources                                              i. Apple educator group =                                            ii. Other blogs: boingboing apps for kids,                                            iii.
  • b.     iTunes store tips                                              i. free apps                                            ii. limited functionality on preview                                           iii. pay…
  • a.     Catalog interfaceuse a virtual desktop to get to our ILS: but it’s cumbersome!d.     Reference tool?roving librarian model/embedded librarianreference apps: USA, HISTORICAL MAPS, etc. etc.
  • b.     Document programs/social media interfaceconveniently take photos of programs/displays and post them seamlessly. HOOTSUITE
  • QR code tour; QR codes on paintingsDigital Collectionsuse QR codes to guide users on a tour of a building or exhibitionup and close and personal delivery of digital exhibitions
  • 5.     Setting up/managing devicesSome best practices about setting up accounts, naming the devices, etc. are found in these two articles.Thompson, S. (2011). Setting up a library iPad program: guidelines for success. C&RL News, 72(4).Retrieved from short: Library iPads are likely to be used by multiple users, so you probably want to register them all with the same itunes account for centralized app purchasing and download, and to sync them all to the same desktop
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    • 1. iPads in the Library Joel Nichols Techmobile Manager Free Library of Philadelphia
    • 2. Poll questions to start• Poll question: how many of you are already using ipads in your libraries?• Poll question: how many of you are pretty sure you will be by the end of the year?
    • 3. TABLET Price O.S. features App store connectioniPad 399-829 iOS 2 iTunes Wi-fi or 3g cameras, micro phone, speaker siPod touch 199-399 iOS 2 cameras, iTunes Wi-fi microphone, speakersKindle Fire 199 Amazon/Androi Microphone, Amazon Wi-fi d speakers, FlashNook Tablet 199 Android Flash Nook/BN Wi-fiNook Color 169Galaxy Tab 199-529 Android 2 cameras Android Wi-fi or 3G microphone, speakers, FlashMotorola Xoom Android 2 cameras Wi-fo (flash),microph one, speakers, FlasheREADER Price - features Store connectionKindle 79-379 Browser; Amazon Wi-fi or 3G library booksNook 99 Library books Barnes & Wi-fi NobleSony Reader 129 Library books; Sony Reader Wi-fi browser; audio Store playback
    • 4. Story ProgramsCaveat.
    • 5. Kamishibai Story
    • 6. Songs & Noises on Demand
    • 7. Observe the Moon Program
    • 8. Observe the Moon Program, again
    • 9. Book tie-in programApp evaluationExploration in app storeDesign requirements
    • 10. Poll question• How many of you are already doing digital storytelling in your libraries, and how many of you are planning to soon?
    • 11. Digital Storytelling & Media Creationaudio, video, still pictures and text
    • 13. Catalog interface & Roving reference
    • 14. document programs& share on social media
    • 15. Exhibition tool
    • 16. Presentation tool
    • 17. meetings/conference/travel
    • 18. Setting up/managing devices• Same users, same iTunes account for centralized app purchasing and download,• and to sync them all to the same desktop“Setting up a library iPad program Guidelines for succes”s by S. Thompson:“Classroom iPod touches & iPads: Dos and Donts” by T. Vincent
    • 19. Additional Resources & Works Cited Barile, L. (2011). Mobile technologies for libraries: a list of mobile applications and resources for development. C&RL News, 72(4). Retrieved from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. (2011). Seven things you should know about iPad apps for learning. Retrieved from Thompson, S. (2011). Setting up a library iPad program: guidelines for success. C&RL News, 72(4). Retrieved from Vincent, T. Learning In Hand Apple Educators Group Apps for Kids podcast