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Tablets Have Reached 'Critical Mass' in US

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.

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iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation

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!

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  • Question: 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? - jdarlack
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    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

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  • Question: Do you know of any public libraries implementing "roving reference," roaming, floating, wandering... ? We're trying to put together some previous research, but there is nearly nothing relating to the public library environment. Thank you. Adina - ajlerner
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    There’s definitely not as much in the literature about this topic, but I was able to track down one article:  http://www.alia.org.au/publishing/alj/58/ALJ_Feb2009_Vol58_N1_web.pdf#page=74

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Integrating iPads...Follow Up Blog Post

Thanks to all who attended our ALA TechSource workshop last week and today!  The follow up blog post—complete with a major list of resources—is now available.  Check it out!  Our slides, apps document, and references are all there, as well.  

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Tablet Ownership Triples Among College Students

The number of college students who say they own tablets has more than tripled since a survey taken last year, according to new poll results released today. 

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Android Tablets Gained on iPad in Late 2011

Amazon managed to ship 4.7 million Kindle Fire tablets by the end of 2011, according to a new report from research firm IDC. While that allowed the online retailer to seize an estimated 16.8 percent of the worldwide tablet market, it wasn’t enough to seriously challenge Apple’s iPad, whose share stands at 54.7 percent.

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Corporations Pick iPad 10-to-1 over Nearest Rival

Corporations planning tablet purchases next quarter overwhelmingly voted for Apple’s iPad, a research firm said Tuesday.

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New iPad v. Kindle Fire: Which Tablet is Right for You?

Pitting the souped-up Apple iPad against the budget-focused Amazon Kindle Fire might seem like an unfair fight, but for many, a new tablet will come down to a choice between the two.