E-Readers & Other Mobile Devices
A recent Pew Internet study found that 81% of gadget experts agree that the “hot gadgets and apps that will capture the imagination of users in 2020 will often ‘come out of the blue’ and will not have been anticipated by today’s savviest innovators.” Explore topics related to E-readers, smartphones, iPads, and other gadgets and learn how libraries are adjusting services, networks, and collections to meet the expectations of these wired-for-content patrons.
See also WJ-North Carolina's Ereader Petting Zoo program resources.
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Webinar / Last Modified: 13 May 2013
A webinar discussing recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing and exploring strategies being developed around public policy, data collection and the library’s value in the e-book supply chain.
News / Last Modified: 07 May 2013
This week’s guest post comes from Yan Xu of the Naperville Public Library. Yan is the Adult and Teen Services Supervisor at the Naperville Blvd. branch. The Naperville Public Library started a Nook lending program last May and Yan details how the library started the program and how successful it has been. Thanks for a great post Yan!
Naperville Public Library users embraced the downloadable ebooks idea with such enthusiasm that for a while our staff was scrambling to provide enough training for everyone walking through the door. Circulating eReaders were not a new idea any more by the end of 2011 and it seemed that we didn’t really need to promote them, but other reasons drove our decision.
We realized that many popular titles, especially Children’s materials, are not available through Overdrive or other vendors. Reading a book on an eReader is fun but the downloading process proved to be a source of frustration for some, especially for users with dedicated eReaders and not tablets. How could we provide popular titles as eBooks not available from Overdrive? Without the hassle of downloading? Pre-loaded eReaders provided the right answer to both questions.
News / Last Modified: 30 April 2013
As the ubiquity of mobile technologies increases, libraries, schools and museums are experimenting with the potential for expanding their engagement with users through these highly portable and sophisticated devices. Thinking beyond e-books, the digital landscape abounds with possibility. As educators focus on 21st century learning strategies, tablets and apps seem like the perfect companions for problem-based, discovery and collaborative learning approaches. And the digital technology brings books to life, connects literature with history and geography, opens up opportunities for content creation and much more.
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Document / Last Modified: 18 April 2013
This collection of documents was created to support a recent program to loan Nook e-readers, which we pre-loaded with best-selling ebooks, to seniors.
Webinar / Last Modified: 17 April 2013
This webinar shares practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of mobile devices whether through formal training or one-on-one assistance.