Librarying with the cunning use of stick figures.

Tablet computing

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I was one of 5 people in a meeting last week with the college’s Distance Education department and realized that all of us owned tablets – not just iPads, but a variety of brands and models. Tablet owners in our patron base are definitely not in the majority, but it’s encouraging that tablets are appearing to become more accessible technology.

I got a Touchpad when they were discontinued a while back and have since made some adjustments to it for more optimal functioning, but it still sort of amazes me that my tablet has more computing power than my 2 year old netbook. One of the more features I’ve used the most with it has been the Kindle app – this surprised me since I’d held out on getting myself an e-reader for so long because I didn’t know if I’d like it or use it enough to warrant the purchase.

Our library has a few e-readers that circulate, but apart from that our electronic books aren’t really accessed or downloaded as often as we’d like. It’s encouraging that the growing popularity of multi-purpose tablet computers may actually help us get more use out of those collections.

Also, when more noble pursuits have exhausted themselves, they’re pretty great for doodling.


Written by Jessica Jones

October 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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