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Official Book Release: Using Tablets and Apps In Libraries

September 17, 2015

Of all the things I planned to do when I graduated from my Masters Program, it’s possible that “Write a Book,” was on the list… but it was more something I thought of doing in the Distant Awesome Future, rather than starting to write just a month after I handed in my last project.

I want to share the official publication news… My first book, Using Tablets and Apps in Libraries has just been published by Rowman and Littlefield, as part of the Library Technology Essentials series. Here’s the official information.

Jacket image, Using Tablets and Apps in Libraries by Elizabeth Willse

Using Tablets and Apps in Libraries

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

There were 185 million tablet and smartphone users in United States as of January 2015, representing a decline in the number of traditional desktop computers. Lightweight mobile computing devices are quickly becoming an integral part of patrons’ everyday lives. Libraries are responding by incorporating them into their programs and services. Using Tablets and App in Libraries outlines how libraries can support this new BYOD (bring your own device) culture including offering app events and instruction, installing mounted tablets within the library, offering tablet lending programs, initiating tablet training programs for staff, and ways to evaluate and use quality apps.

Discover how you can implement a successful tablet program in your library. Through this comprehensive guide, readers will learn:

  • How to integrate the potential of tablet technology into existing library programs and staff workflows
  • How to Host a Staff Training Technology Petting Zoo
  • How to provide tablet support and training for your patrons
  • How to use tablets in your story time and other children’s programming
  • How to circulate tablets in your library
  • How to use tablets to promote library services
  • How to use tablets in your physical spaces to provide and gather information

Pages: 156 • Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-4389-7 • Hardback • September 2015 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4422-4390-3 • Paperback • September 2015 • $45.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4422-4391-0 • eBook • September 2015 • $44.99 • (£29.95)
Series:  Library Technology Essentials

Earlier this week, I held an actual copy of the book in my hands. And grinned, still not quite believing it was real.

Now that the writing and editing are done, and the book is out in the world, I’m thinking of sharing some behind the scenes stories about the writing process. Because it was an education. Not only in terms of what I learned about technology and about what libraries are doing to use tablets to deliver great service and resources…. but in terms of learning about myself, realizing what grad school taught me about writing. And getting a new experience of a book’s journey: I had known it for years as a reader, even a glimpse behind the scenes as a publicist working for a business books publisher. But coming to the writing side has been an education, and I want to share some of that.

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  1. September 17, 2015 10:01 pm


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