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iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation eCourse
Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang
Item Number: 1541-8915
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $250.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning March 31, 2014 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier, and Heather Moorefield-Lang

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This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

At the end of this eCourse, you will be able to:
  • Understand your library’s/community’s needs related to tablets and other technologies
  • Become familiar with the types of tablets and other electronic tools that can enhance library services and staff productivity
  • Set up a multifaceted tech tool program
  • Use tablets and other tech tools efficiently and effectively
  • Communicate effectively with a network of individuals with the same interests regarding tech tools
  • Stay up to date with tablets and other tech tools
Now that personal electronic devices like tablets, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate these devices into both library services and internal staff activity. In this first-of-its-kind eCourse, Virginia Tech librarians and gadget experts Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will show you what you need to know about these gadgets, from surveying the landscape of available products to purchasing and implementing these devices in your library. Over the six weeks of the eCourse you will also gain new tech skills, such as communicating via video blog or podcast and using Twitter and social bookmarking tools to share ideas.
eCourse outline

Weeks 1-3: Getting Started with Tech Tools

Week 1: Technology landscape and needs assessment
    • Overview and relevancy of eCourse material
    • Community/library needs assessment
Week 2: Gadget overview
    • Finding funding
    • Review of budget
    • Overview of technologies
Week 3: Setting up a program
    • Writing policies and reviewing licenses/agreements
    • Circulating the gadgets
    • Training staff
    • Assessment and evaluation of programs
Weeks 4-6: Effectively Using Tech Tools

Week 4: Library services
    • Case studies
    • Discussion among participants of examples and/or ideas from their own libraries
Week 5: Personal productivity
    • Case studies: how staff members are using gadgets in their daily activities. Discussion will include apps for tablets, creative uses of technology in various activities, and other anecdotal information.
Week 6: Keeping current with tech tools
    • Strategies for managing information
    • Resources for current awareness

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on March 31. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructors Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on March 31 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructors

Rebecca K. Miller is the College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech. Previously, she served as the Digital Technologies Librarian at Louisiana State University and has published several articles on the topic of technology and instruction. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of three journals and holds leadership positions in both national and state level professional organizations.

Carolyn Meier is the First Year Instruction Librarian in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. She is a past Co-Chair of the Library Instruction Round table (LIRT) Transition to College committee. While at Virginia Tech, she developed and implemented an online research course for grad students and with other librarians in designing online modules for first year students. Her work and research interests focus on information literacy, assessment, and new methods for improving instruction and finding new technologies to reach students.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is the Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian at Virginia Tech. She is the chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. Her current research is involved with the success and challenges of 3D printers in libraries and schools at every type and level. She is also delving into the research of digital citizenship and the online presence of our digital futures and afterlife.

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