October 16-18 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

D302 - Integrating iPad Kiosk Tech & Photos

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
John Shoesmith, Outreach Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto & Podcaster

Digital content curation alongside print can provide new avenues of user experience. When the U of T’s Rare Book Library was launching an exhibition featuring the largest collection of Allen Ginsberg photographs in the world, the challenge was to display as many of the photos it could within its physical space. This case study discusses the process of adding touchscreen kiosk technology to an exhibition space. Incorporating iPads allows curators the flexibility to offer an enhanced user experience: from additional images of books and archival material, to multimedia. A library team collaborated with IT services, along with facilities management and conservation staff, to implement four iPads into an exhibition that featured over 80 photographs. Triumphs, and unexpected barriers, are shared. Helpful tips and a roadmap for those planning their own iPad integration projects is included.

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