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iPads and Tablets in Libraries. This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services.

iPads and Tablets in Libraries

This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015. In past publications that we have written and edited, (available here: we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods. However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services.

Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services. 20 Coolest iPad Ideas for Your Library. With iPads all the rage in schools and colleges across the nation, it was only a matter of time before libraries started getting in on the craze as well.

20 Coolest iPad Ideas for Your Library

Many public and university institutions lead the way with iPad adoption by developing some pretty cool uses for their patrons. Librarians, students pursuing MLS degrees, and avowed bibliophiles alike should take note, as there are plenty of great ideas about using the iPad worth emulating — or at least taking the time to explore.

We've listed just a few ways we think these wondrous gadgets are best being used in libraries, hopefully providing some inspiration on how to get started making your workspace a more tech-savvy, iPad-friendly environment. eBook lending applications With most large libraries now offering digital content to patrons, having an application that makes it easy to download an ebook or audiobook directly to a smartphone or iPad just makes sense. iPads in Libraries. VALA2014 Session 11 Butters Paper. The use of smart phones in the library. Volunteers in libraries: an alternative to closures, or a risk to the professionals?

Manchester Central Library.

Volunteers in libraries: an alternative to closures, or a risk to the professionals?

(Photograph: James Carson) By James Carson Anyone doubting the capacity of libraries to stir up strong feelings need look no further than the debate concerning volunteers in public libraries. In 2011, when the leader of Oxfordshire County Council called for increases in the use of volunteers in public libraries, the author Philip Pullman was quick to respond: ‘Does he think the job of a librarian is so simple, so empty of content that anyone can step up and do it for a thank-you and a cup of tea?’ Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Others While Helping Yourself. What is laptop computer? - Definition from A laptop computer, sometimes called a notebook computer by manufacturers, is a battery- or AC-powered personal computer generally smaller than a briefcase that can easily be transported and conveniently used in temporary spaces such as on airplanes, in libraries, temporary offices, and at meetings.

What is laptop computer? - Definition from

A laptop typically weighs less than 5 pounds and is 3 inches or less in thickness. Among the best-known makers of laptop computers are IBM, Apple, Compaq, Dell, and Toshiba. By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. Laptops usually come with displays that use thin-screen technology. Your Laptop in 2018: The Future of Computing. Think back to the laptop you had in 2008.

Your Laptop in 2018: The Future of Computing

It probably doesn't look too different from what you're using today. Sure, your current notebook is lighter than the brick you lugged around five years ago, and it's running Mountain Lion or Windows 8 rather than Vista or Leopard, but it's still a clamshell laptop with the same basic functionality. Fast-forward to 2018, and your computing experience will be radically different — but familiar, too. Rather than phasing out the traditional laptop, manufacturers are shaping future PCs around emerging trends. For instance, the prominence of mobile devices has spawned thinner Ultrabook designs and detachable tablet-laptop hybrids. Laptops & Notebook Computers.

Laptops for Use in the Library. San Francisco Public Library has a project to help increase computer resources for use by the public.

Laptops for Use in the Library

Laptop Program Facts Laptops can be borrowed by SFPL library card holders at all branch locations. Laptops are for in-library use only. They cannot be taken outside the library. What is 3D printing? How does 3D printing work? 3D Printing. 3D Printing: Make anything you want. 3D printing. An ORDbot Quantum 3D printer. 3D printing or additive manufacturing[1] is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.[2] 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).

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