Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

Spurred by the launch of the iPad, the use and popularity of tablet computers has exploded. Tablets offer major potential for library services, including the ability to increase productivity and improve your library’s programs in such areas as reference services, collection management and library instruction. In this two-part ALA TechSource workshop, Virginia Tech librarians Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will share their experiences with a multifaceted program, guiding you step-by-step in building a tablet program, from choosing and purchasing tablets through deployment.

Topics include:

  • comparing platforms and features of tablet computers and other mobile devices;
  • how to select and purchase according to your library’s needs and technology environment;
  • developing policies related to tablet circulation (among both patrons and library staff), connectivity and content;
  • ways to use tablets to increase staff productivity and enhance professional development;
  • using tablets to enhance reference and instructional services, collection management and administrative responsibilities.


Carolyn Meier is an instructional services librarian and coordinates First Year instruction in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. She received a BA in English from Ohio Dominican College, her MLS from the University of Michigan and has an ED.S in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech. She presently serves as co-chair of the LIRT Transition to College committee. Her research interests focus on information literacy, assessment and outreach. Her work interests include new methods for improving instruction and finding new technologies to reach students.

Heather Moorefield-Lang, the education and applied social sciences librarian for Virginia Tech, received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published several articles on technology in libraries and education, as well as on the topic of arts in education and libraries. She is the chair of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.