iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation

Now that personal electronic devices like tables, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate these devices into both library services and internal staff activity. In this first-of-its-kind eCourse, Virginia Tech librarians and gadget experts Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will show you what you need to know about these gadgets, from surveying the landscape of available products to purchasing and implementing these devices in your library. Over the six weeks of the eCourse you will also gain new tech skills, such as communicating via video blog or podcast and using Twitter and social bookmarking tools to share ideas.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Understand your library’s/community’s needs related to tablets and other technologies
  • Become familiar with the types of tablets and other electronic tools that can enhance library services and staff productivity
  • Set up a multifaceted tech tool program
  • Use tablets and other tech tools efficiently and effectively
  • Communicate effectively with a network of individuals with the same interests regarding tech tools
  • Stay up to date with tablets and other tech tools


Rebecca K. Miller is the College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech. Previously, she served as the Digital Technologies Librarian at Louisiana State University and has published several articles on the topic of technology and instruction. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of three journals and holds leadership positions in both national and state level professional organizations. 

Carolyn Meier is an Instructional Services librarian and coordinates First Year instruction in Newman Library at 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 is Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech. She has published several articles on technology in libraries and education, as well as on the topic of arts in education and libraries. She chairs the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on May 13, 2013, can be purchased at the ALA Store.