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Tablet Computers in the Academic Library--eEditions e-book
Edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier
Item Number: 7400-1969
Publisher: ALA Editions
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160 pages
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: B, J, Z

In the past few years tablet computing has seemingly emerged from nowhere to spark exciting conversations about the future of academic library use and instruction, touching on everything from textbooks to reference services. Electronic discussion lists and boards, conference presentations, and journal articles have already put forth some imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting, and this edited volume collects the best of these cutting-edge ideas from a range of contributors, including
  • Case studies showing a variety uses for tablets in the academic library and classroom
  • Best practices for integrating tablets into existing services
  • A survey of tablets and other mobile computing devices currently on the market, such as the iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Motorola Xoom, as well as a look at the possible future of tablets
This roundup of the latest discussions on the topic is a relevant prism through which readers can discover ways to improve reference and instructional services at all academic libraries.

Table of Contents


Part 1. Exploring Tablets in Higher Education and the Academic Library

Chapter 1. Learning Anywhere, Anytime: Tablet Computers in Higher Education
Jennifer Sparrow

Chapter 2. A Sandbox Adventure With iPads
Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jonathan R. Paulo, Cindi Sandridge, and Liz Thompson

Chapter 3. Tablet Technology in Support of Professional Productivity
Drew Smith and Barbara Lewis

Part 2. Using Tablets in Teaching and Learning

Chapter 4. Teach Anywhere: Building a Classroom in a Box
Meridith Wolnick

Chapter 5. Supporting a University-Wide iPad Initiative: The Academic Library Perspective
Amber Woodard

Part 3. Using Tablets in Reference and Student Services

Chapter 6. Ask Us Anywhere: The User-Driven Evolution of Reference Services
Marissa Ball, Adis Beesting, Ava Iuliano, George Pearson, and Consuella Askew

Chapter 7. Virginia Tech Newman Library QR Code Tour
Neal Henshaw

Part 4. Using Tablets to Develop, Manage, and Market Collections

Chapter 8. Accessing E-Content Using iPads
Rajiv Nariani

Chapter 9. Weeding an Academic Library’s Reference Collection With iPads: An Early Experiment at New York University
Meredith Levin

Conclusion. Best Practices, Future Directions, and Further Reading
About the Editors and Contributors

About the Editors

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.

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.

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.

”The multitude of apps recommended by the contributors stimulates the desire to do more investigation and experiment locally. The editors cite core sources to keep up with trends and research on tablets and mobile technology, and each chapter includes references. The index has live links to the words in the text. This is a useful resource at the present time, inexpensively priced, and recommended for academic librarians."
— Technical Services Quarterly

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