asks:
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

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!

Slides for Part I of Integrating iPads Workshop

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:

http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/03/slides-resources-from-the-integrating-tablets-workshop.html

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!

Recommended Reading…

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:
http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/19057
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.  

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:

http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/19057

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!  
http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4025

Now available for pre-order in the ALA Store!  

http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4025

asks:
I'm interested in surveying libraries involved in theological education (seminaries, divinity schools, Christian colleges, etc.) about the use of tablet computers in their particular settings. Do you have a sample survey that you have used to query academic libraries about the use of tablets?

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!

Rebecca