“The reaction was pretty much night and day, when compared to the results of the 2009 study [of the Kindle],” said Ringle, whose team is currently drafting a white paper detailing the results of the iPad evaluation. In general, he said students found the iPad to be flexible and versatile enough to allow them to read course materials, annotate and highlight passages of text, pull up reference materials, store notes, and prepare reports.
During the evaluation, Ringle said faculty also kept an eye on the level of distraction created by a tablet computer versus a laptop or desktop. The consensus was that pupils were less apt to be using e-mail, instant messaging, or social networking sites while sitting in class with a tablet computer. “Tablets don’t have the same form factor, so you can’t hide behind them,” said Ringle. “Our hope is that students will use them primarily, if not exclusively, for classroom work.”
“The article discusses the possible impact of the tablet computer iPad on publishers and libraries. It tackles the opportunities offered by the iPad for the electronic books (ebook) market. Newspaper publishers are said to have been looking at the iPad and other tablet computers to rescue their market. The author notes that libraries need to persuade database vendors and suppliers of library systems to support the new mobile computing environment in response to the introduction of the iPad and its competitors.”
iPads, roving reference, and dancing librarians
“A few years ago the subject of roving reference came up in our Joint Technology Committee meetings, and the word on the street then was that laptops were a little clunky for the task. The iPad seems like it might be ideal for roving reference. It’s lightweight, portable, has an on-screen keyboard and wireless capabilities.IPadReference
So I thought to myself, “there must be a library out there who is already singing the iPad’s praises when it comes to reference… maybe there’s even a video!” Here’s what I found (in order of decreasing relevance and increasing singing & dancing):”
MU Libraries > About the Libraries > iPad FAQ
Who can check out iPads? Students, faculty, and staff of MU. MU ID cards are required for checkout.
* Where do I go to check out an iPad? iPads are available for check out at the Circulation/Reserve Desks in the following libraries: Ellis, Engineering, Health Sciences and Journalism.
* How long can I keep an iPad? Loan periods vary: Ellis (1 week), Engineering (3 days), Health Sciences (2 weeks), Journalism (2 weeks)
* Overdue fines will accrue at ten dollars ($10) a day for every day the item is late. After an additional week, you will be charged the replacement cost of the iPad ($600).
* All the iPads are checked out; how can I get one? Due to low quantities purchased, we cannot guarantee an iPad will be available when you come by. All equipment is checked out on a “first come, first serve” basis.
* Can I download new apps to the iPad? You are welcome to create your own iTunes account and add as many apps as you like.
* What about my personal data on the iPad? (Passwords, email, etc.) The safest bet is to remove any personal information from the device before you return it to the Reserve Desk. However, each iPad will be restored to a default load upon each check in, deleting all data and apps from the previous user. The MU Libraries are not responsible for anything you put or leave on our equipment.
via iPad FAQ.
September 7, 2010
Libraries Loaning iPads
“I’ve been doing some searching to see what other libraries are doing with their loanable iPads. Here are a few helpful examples:”
April 15, 2010
“Next year, some Duke students will be able to play with Apple’s latest toy—and use it for classwork, too.
The Duke Center for Instructional Technology is looking for ways to incorporate the iPad into the classroom, said Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology and instructional services. CIT plans to buy a number of iPads for faculty and students by this Fall.
“We’re very interested in what the iPad might enable for education and research at the University.” O’Brien said. “Duke is a leader in exploring the use of mobile devices with multimedia. I think we will do some kind of explorations with the iPad.””
“A few weeks ago my wife gave me an iPad. I had talked vaguely about getting one in the distant future and I had no expectation that she would get me one for my birthday. Needless to say, I was both utterly surprised and delighted. Over the intervening time, I’ve bought some apps, downloaded some books, and have generally gotten to know it to a certain small degree. What I’ve discovered is that it is changing my life in some very unexpected ways.”
“Is your library ready for the iPad? Do you have patrons requesting ebooks for their tablet or asking for reference help on a question they’ve already started mapping out on their iPad instead of a workbook?
If you haven’t seen an iPad in your library yet, then get ready for them, because in No Time Flat we’re going to see these devices on a regular basis, and it won’t be very long before they become a dominant learning technology. It may not be when classes return in September, but I’d venture that we’ll see iPads and other tablets on a regular basis in January (i.e., after the Christmas season), and by the 2011/2012 academic year they will become a viable study aid and learning tool for a plurality of students….”
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Piloting iPads in library settings | Not So Distant Future.
“After I saw our students playing chess on their iPads in our library cafe area last spring, I knew that it was time that we get on board and look at the role iPads could play in our technology/e-book offerings on campus. Watching students using iPads, I could see the engagement and enthusiasm and interactivity that a larger but portable device had to offer.
It’s large enough so students can gather around it, sit with their heads over it watching or reading the same thing, but small enough to be very portable–and that communal, social use is what I’m witnessing in the library and elsewhere.
So we’re fortunate that after some district discussion, our library is piloting the use of six iPads which are housed in and issued from the library. During the pilot, we are starting with a group of six iPads that can be used in the classroom in small group settings, for individual use by teachers or students, or for use in the library, and we’ll be doing informal surveys as we assess these uses….”
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