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Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library--eEditions e-book
Jason Griffey
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Library Technology Reports, April 2010 (46:3)

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36 pages

Year Published: 2010

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We live in the age of cell phones, iPads and netbooks, where gadgets are everywhere, and many people use one at nearly every waking moment. The newest gadgets don't often come cheap, and a poor investment can be costly for an institution like a library.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, eminent blogger and library technology expert Jason Griffey provides a comprehensive guide to the present and future of modern gadgets, and how they can fit in to any librarian's plan for a high-tech future. From e-readers to cameras and audio recorders to the iPad, Jason provides insight into what these devices can do, how much they cost, and how librarians can use them to enhance their facilities and service.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:
  • Electronic Book Readers
    • Sony eReaders
    • The Kindle
    • The Nook
    • eReaders slated for future release
  • Personal Multimedia Devices for Capturing and Consuming
    • Video Capture Devices
    • Audio Capture Devices
    • Personal Scanners/ Text Capture Devices
    • Personal Multimedia Devices
  • The iPad
  • Odd or Unusual Gadgets
    • Chumby
    • The Sony Dash
    • Nabaztag
    • Maker culture and "open source" hardware

About the Author

Jason Griffey is the Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His latest book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is due out Spring of 2010 as a part of Neal-Schuman's upcoming "Tech Set." Jason's previous book, Library Blogging, written with Karen A. Coombs, is available through Amazon. He can be stalked obsessively at and Pattern Recognition, his personal and professional blog, which has been active since 2003. He is the author of the American Libraries Perpetual Beta, and is also a columnist for the ALA Techsource blog. Jason was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers in 2009, and is regularly invited to speak on libraries, the social economy, mobile technology, and other technology related issues.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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