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Going Mobile with an iPad (or a Similar Tablet)

September 12, 2011
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iPad Image by Brandon Hann_ledfrog.com

There have been numerous articles about mobile technologies and their use by librarians.  This semester, I plan to put some of my reading into practice by using an iPad for mobile reference in a study center for non-traditional students.  I thought it might be of interest to share a few sources on the subject of iPads and its uses for mobile librarianship.  Certainly, other similar-type tablets could be used in much the same way.  Please take a look a the brief list below of some of the sources I have collected and read.

Has anyone used an iPad or a similar tablet as a mobile-reference/librarian tool?  If so, would you care to share your thoughts/experiences?  If you have not used such a tablet device for mobile library purposes, what do you think of the usefulness and practicality of the idea in your particular library setting?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2011 10:09 pm

    I am really thinking about getting a tablet. They are so convenient.

  2. September 25, 2011 10:22 pm

    We have gone to 1:1 iPads this year (that’s one of my posts above) but last year I had one mobile iPad to use as a librarian. I found it really helpful when working with classes because I could move around the library/campus and be able to show people something I was explaining.

    It made my reference abilities much more “mobile” and I could show rather than just “tell.”

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