iPads in Library Programming: Practical Strategies for Public Librarians Joel Nichols Techmobile Manager Free Library of Philadelphia firstname.lastname@example.org Public Library Association Conference Gettysburg, PA 2012
Scope• Reasons to consider iPads or other tablets• Drawbacks• Program plans for: • Young children, • School age, • Teen, and • Senior audiences• App Selection
Easy to useMultitouchIntuitivePhysical Manipulation of Digital Worlds
They are books!
CostiPad $499iPod Touch $299
iOs and Hardware Integration• Seamless photo/video formats• Apps that use acelerometer, both cameras• Any app from the store will run predictably
Popularity34 million iPads sold (Aug 2012)Named Top Gadget of the Year by Endgadget, Time, othersName recognition, high interest
Limitations• No Flash (as in Adobe Flash)• Websites can be frustrating• Reliant on robust wi-fi in many cases• Evil Apple Empire
Action Figure Party
Crafter’s Digital Portfolio
Virtual Museum Visits
Tips and Best Practices• Use iTunes to manage the devices• Use one iTunes account to manage your branch iPads. Pay for an app once and use it on all your devices.• Use security settings to disable the app store, and to disable the ability to delete or download apps during programs. SettingsGeneralAboutRestrictions.• Avoid putting your own personal accounts on these apps: mail, Facebook, twitter, etc.• Be flexible. Let patrons request different apps and try and test them out. See what works, and don’t be afraid to let these go wild a bit, in how you, other staff or patrons might want to use them.