According to Pew Research, nearly a quarter of teens already own a tablet computer, with younger children not far behind. With the use of these handheld devices continuing to grow by leaps and bounds each year, tablets are coming to your school district soon, if they haven’t already. “Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms,” published as an e-book by ALA Editions, speaks directly to librarians and educators working with young people, pointing the way towards intelligent, constructive use of tablets to attain educational goals. Edited by Heather Moorefield-Lang, Carolyn Meier and Rebecca K. Miller, the e-book is available from the ALA Store as well as many e-book vendors.
Tablet Computers in the Academic Library: Now available for purchase in the ALA Store.
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. Listservs, discussion 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 service, and 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.
Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets. Available for purchase from ALA TechSource.
An issue of Library Technology Reports focused on the use of tablets in reference and instruction. Published as the November/December 2012 issue of Library Technology Reports. Pre-print of first chapter freely available via the Virginia Tech institutional repository: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/19057