Thursday, September 19, 2013

iPads in the Library

Nichols, Joel A. iPads® in the Library: Using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61069-347-9

Publisher's Description
This book provides detailed plans and instructions with specific literacy goals for child, teen, and adult audiences—exactly what librarians seeking to integrate iPad and other tablet use into their programs need.

Tablet computers are fast becoming a ubiquitous technology. These devices also represent a unique opportunity for librarians and teachers because they are relatively affordable, easy to configure and maintain, and highly adaptable. Written by a practicing digital literacy instruction librarian who is also a trained children's librarian, this book offers 50 practical programming scenarios that librarians can use to integrate iPads or other tablet devices into their programming, offering different plans for toddlers and pre-K child, school-aged patrons, teenagers, adults, and even seniors.

The plans provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and are designed to be easily adaptable to serve specific audiences. The book serves as a unique resource that helps librarians address digital literacy and bridge the digital divide by focusing on—and catering to—the needs of many age groups. Author Joel A. Nichols also provides annotated lists of apps that present librarians new to tablet computing simple and effective ways of integrating an iPad into their programs.

• Supplies technology programs for young children targeting early literacy skills, and for grade school and middle school-aged children, with a special focus on STEM skills
• Includes programs for adult groups including non-English speakers, job-seekers, and genealogy enthusiasts
• Covers 100 essential apps for library programming in an annotated list
• Provides an annotated list of app review resources for selection
• Blends digital content and delivery with traditional, analogue library services in the versatile supplied plans

Sample Topics
Children's Technology
Digital Literacy
Digital Storytelling
Early Literacy and Pre-Literacy
Hanging Out Messing Around Geeking Out (HoMaGo) Programs
iPods and iOS
Outreach Programs
Tablet Computing
Technology Programs for Seniors
Teen Media Creation