Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library

By Daniel A. Freeman |

We're happy to announce that the April 2010 issue of Library Technology Report, "Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library" is now available for purchase!

TechSource blogger and renowned library technology expert Jason Griffey has assembled a concise, practical and clear guide to the present and future of gadgets, and the potential they have for you and your library.

From eReaders to portable media players, scanners, the iPad and many other devices, this issue covers the latest in gadgets, but also looks toward the future.

Jason offers you information on what these gadgets can do, specific applications they have for libraries, and what type of budget might be required for a library that wants to make use of them.

To purchase this issue of Library Technology Reports in print through the ALA Store, go to or to purchase in an ebook bundle in multiple formats, go to

Online subscribers may access this issue on the Metapress site, where a sample chapter (indicated by solid green box) is available.

We also want to encourage anyone interested in this topic to register for Jason's Webinar, which we are co-sponsoring with WebJunction, on Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. This will give you a chance to hear Jason discuss his work at length, and to interact with him during a Q and A session.

Attend the Webinar and receive a $10 discount on a purchase of "Gadget and Gizmos" in print format through the ALA Store! You can register for the Webinar here:

Topics covered in this issue include:

  • Electronic Book Readers
    • Sony eReaders
    • The Kindle
    • The Nook
    • eReaders slated for future release
  • Personal Multimedia Devices for Capturing and Consuming
    • Video Capture Devices
    • Audio Capture Devices
    • Personal Scanners/ Text Capture Devices
    • Personal Multimedia Devices
  • The iPad
  • Odd or Unusual Gadgets
    • Chumby
    • The Sony Dash
    • Nabaztag
    • Maker culture and "open source" hardware