iPad and android tablets: wonder pills or placebo for academic library staff?

Betsaida M. Reyes, Jon Giullian, Frances Devlin

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Purpose: This paper describes the creation and work of a collaborative learning community, consisting of library staff from a variety of library departments. The purpose of this paper is to build proficiency in using tablet devices and to explore the potential application of tablets to various types of library work. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected from discussion sessions, journals, and a survey, which documented participants’ experiences in learning how to use tablets and how they applied them to work-related tasks. Findings: The project helped increase participants’ awareness of different types of work across the library, encouraged inter-departmental communication, and provided an open environment for asking questions, trouble-shooting, and sharing tips about using tablets. Participants mastered basic functions and navigation and explored ways to use tablets in their work. Portability was the top advantage of the tablet. Originality/value: Although participants found tablets to be convenient and portable for some tasks, they are not ready to entirely replace office computers for library work. Laptops remain a more flexible and powerful option at this time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-407
Number of pages15
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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