Tablet Computers in the Academic Library--eEditions e-book

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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.


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

Rebecca K. Miller

Rebecca K. Miller is the head of library learning services at Penn State University Libraries in State College, Pennsylvania. A 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, she earned an MAEd in instructional design and technology from Virginia Tech in 2014, an MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, and a BA in English and Religion from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2004. She is active in regional, state, and national library organizations and has authored and coauthored a number of books, technical reports, and articles on teaching, learning, and instructional technologies in libraries, including Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets (2012), Tablet Computers in the Academic Library (2014), Mobile Devices: Service with Intention (2015), and ARL Spec Kit 349: “Evolution of Library Liaisons” (2015).

Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is a former middle school theater teacher and school librarian. She currently serves as an associate professor with the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Heather has long been interested in how technologies can further enhance instruction in libraries and classrooms. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types and levels. She has had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016 and was a finalist for 2017’s American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstars in the area of Tech Troubadours. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website, check out her YouTube Channel Tech 15, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Carolyn Meier

Carolyn Meier is an Instructional Services librarian and coordinates First Year instruction in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. She received a BA in English from Ohio Dominican College, her MLS from the University of Michigan and has an ED.S in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech. She presently serves as Co-Chair of the LIRT Transition to College committee. Her research interests focus on information literacy, assessment and outreach. Her work interests include 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