Continuing the Conversation: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

By Daniel A. Freeman | We just wrapped up our popular workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services. Today’s workshop was particularly noteworthy in light of Apple’s recent rollout of the iPad 3.

The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for This’s Workshop:

Part 1 Resources:

Resources Mentioned

Sample Policies

Sample Library User Agreements

Sample Library Communication Pages


Part 2 Resources:

General Resources
Reference Use: The Literature

  • Brown, C., Sulz, D., and Pow, V.  (2011, August).  Roving reference with iPads:  A study of the use of iPads as technological support and service assessment.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retrieved from
  • Courtois, M. and Liriano, M. (2000).  Tips for roving reference:  How to best serve library users.  College & Research Libraries News, 61(4):  289-90, 315.
  • Forsyth, E.  (2009).  Fancy walkie-talkies, Star Trek communicators, or roving reference?  Australian Library Journal, 58(1):  73-84.  Retrieved from
  • Holmes, C. and Woznicki, L. (2010).  Librarians at your doorstep:  Roving reference at Towson University.  College & Research Libraries News, 71(11):  582-585.  Retrieved from
  • Lotts, M. and Graves, S.  (2011).  Using the iPad for reference services:  Librarians go mobile.  College & Research Libraries News, 72(4):  217-220.  Retrieved from
  • Smith, M.A. and Pietraszewski, B.A.  (2004).  Enabling the roving reference librarian:  wireless access with tablet PCs.  Reference Services Review, 32(3):  249-255

The Slides From Session 1:

The Slides From Session 2:

Apps Covered in the Presentation: