This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services.  This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015. 

In past publications that we have written and edited, (available here:  http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/book), we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods.  However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services.  Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services.  These practices may include, but are not limited to:  front-end assessments, cost-benefit analyses, user experience research, and summative and formative evaluations.  We will accept 4-6 case studies, and expect that each case study will total around 3,000 words.  

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your case study—which should include a description of your project, the methods you used to gather data about the project, and the decision that your library made based on the data—along with a current CV highlighting relevant experience and publications.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by August 15, 2014 to: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com.  We will notify authors of the editors’ decision regarding their proposal(s) by September 1, 2014. 

Ultimately, we hope that this issue of Library Technology Reports will help readers be able to

  • Think more critically about the technologies that they want to integrate into their libraries
  • Identify and use new methods for gathering and analyzing data related to integrating technologies into their libraries
  • Make sound investments in the time and resources spent on integrating technologies into their libraries

Anticipated timeline of project:

  • August 15, 2014:  Deadline for submitting proposals for contributed chapters to editors
  • September 1, 2014:  All contributors notified of acceptance or rejection of chapter proposal
  • November 1, 2014:  Full contributions (around 3,000 words) due to editors
  • December 1, 2014:  Editors send revisions to authors
  • January 15, 2015:  Revised chapters due back to editors
  • February 1, 2015:  Authors receive final suggested revisions from editors
  • March 1, 2015:  Final manuscripts due to editors
  • March 2015:  Editors assemble manuscript and finalize entire report
  • April 1, 2015:  Editors deliver final manuscript to ALA for publication

Questions can be directed to all editors via email: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com

Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms e-book released! http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/06/tablet-computers-school-libraries-and-classrooms-discussed-new-e-book

New workshops and publications on integrating tablets and other mobile devices into libraries coming later in 2014—check back here for updates and more details 

  • Question: We are preparing to circulate iPad Minis in-house for 4 hours loans. I can't figure out if we can: allow patrons to download free apps without giving them the Apple ID password. Apple ID is not associated with a credit card but still don't want to provide password. Also, would prefer to avoid being asked for it over and over again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Adam Button Wissahickon Valley Public Library reference_ ATwvplORG - wvplref
  • Answer:

    Hi Adam—

    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!


Presentation: There's an App for That!


App Guide for March 2013 Integrating iPads Workshop

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!