October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

D203 - Students, Apps, & Tablets!

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Amanda Cowell, Emerging Technologies Librarian, The College of New Jersey
Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager, Cedar Rapids Public Library
Christina Riedel, Customer Services Manager, Cedar Rapids Public Library

The increasing use of web-enabled smartphones, applications designed for smartphone interfaces, and cloud computing is rapidly changing how we and our customers interact with their environments. Recent surveys suggest that college students want to do research on mobile devices, so the TCNJ Library generated a survey to better understand the mobile research habits of undergraduate students. Hear how the results are influencing the design, capabilities, and resources of future mobile research websites. The second presentation discusses tablets2go and how the Cedar Rapids Public Library began lending Google Nexus 7 tablets (50) and Leap Pad Ultra Learning Tablets (80) to the public earlier this year. Not having a similar program to model after, there was no blueprint or guide, so the library staff share their journey from concept to completion, what worked well and what didn’t. Learn from their mistakes and successes and start a tablet-lending program at your library.

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