The following article appears in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.
iPads for All: Experiencing the Unexpected
Head of Access Services, Boise St. University
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Boise St. University
Interim Dean, Boise St. University
Cataloging Library Assistant, Boise St. University
College & Research Libraries News
Vol. 74 No. 1
Libraries have become iPad enthusiasts on a global scale. Koç University Library, Istanbul, Turkey; Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa; Colby College, Waterville, Maine; Central Medical Library, University of Münster, Germany; Omaha Public Library, Omaha, Nebraska; and Westlake High School Library, Austin, Texas are just a few of the many libraries that include iPads in their suite of tools and services. Librarians use the mobile device in all aspects of their work, and they are an ever-present part of our patrons’ lives. As a result, there is a growing need for library staff members to be familiar with the technology. This article describes Boise State University Albertsons Library’s use of mobile technology, specifically iPads, and the internal shifts that occurred as the library made mobile devices accessible to all library employees.