Good question. Many libraries offer patrons the option to log in with their own, individual Apple ID if they want to experiment with free apps. That way, they’ll even have access to the apps if they decide to purchase their own device.
This article may help a bit as you deliberate: http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/4/212.full
Let us know if we can help with anything else!
Check out the presentation from the ALA 2013/ACRL STS Annual Program on mobile devices and apps!
The App Guide for Part 2 of the “Integrating iPads…” workshop has been posted! You can find it here, or visit the “Apps” page of this site, where the document is also linked.
We will discuss these apps, and more, on Thursday for the conclusion of Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services. Follow the discussion on Twitter: #libtablet
Thanks to all who joined us yesterday for a fantastic discussion about tablets in libraries! The slides from yesterday’s workshops are now posted on the ALA TechSource blog:
We’re going to be posting some of the interesting tweets and other ideas submitted by workshop participants throughout the next week, so stay tuned for those, in addition to our App Guide that we’ll be posting right before Part II of the workshop next Thursday, March 21!
Part I of the two part ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern). Part II will be held next week, same time, on March 21.
Whether or not you can attend, check out our recommended reading list for lots of good information about tablets in libraries!
The pre-print of the Introduction to the forthcoming issue of Library Technology Reports, entitled Rethinking Reference & Instruction with Tablets, is now available for free in the Virginia Tech institutional repository:
The introduction describes and contextualizes the projects highlighted within the issue; the full publication (9 chapters, total) will be available for purchase in the ALA Store within the next few weeks.
Now available for pre-order in the ALA Store!
Tablets, led mainly by the iPad, have “quickly reached a critical mass in the U.S.,” with one of every four smartphone owners also using a tablet in the three-month period ending in April, according to comScore.
Asynchronous eCourse beginning July 2 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang. It’s going to be awesome!
Unfortunately, no, we don’t have a sample survey about tablet use in libraries. I’m not really sure that anyone has administered any similar surveys, so I’d definitely be interested to see what you come up with!