Do you have an e-reader or tablet you love, but have interest in learning about others?
Are you thinking about offering e-book or e-reader lending at your library but want some hands-on experience with different devices before starting your program?
Are you currently offering e-book lending, but would like more experience for yourself or your staff in using the service with different types of devices?
Have you been hearing about e-readers and tablets, and are simply wondering what all the fuss is about?
Then look no further – we’re here to help!
The NDSL Field Services Department is happy to introduce its Tech Toolkit lending program. The Tech Toolkit will be loaned to libraries in ND, free of charge, for a three-week period. During your checkout, library staff members will have the opportunity to explore, learn, and gain valuable hands-on experience with a variety of the e-reader and tablet devices people in your community are using. So what’s in the kit? The Tech Toolkit contains the following devices, along with visual step-by-step tutorials to guide you through the basics:
- Apple iPad
- Google Nexus 7 tablet
- Kindle Fire HD
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Nook SimpleTouch
- Apple iPod Touch
The Tech Toolkit is a great resource for libraries currently offering e-book lending. Having hands-on access to the most common devices over a period of time allows library staff to become more familiar with how the devices work and how the e-book download process works with each. The devices can also be used during the checkout period to demonstrate the e-book checkout and download process for patrons, and to help introduce them to the service.
For libraries not currently offering e-book lending, the Tech Toolkit gives staff members the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience with utilizing e-reader and tablet devices. Many of our patrons are using these devices and asking us questions about them, and having hands-on access to them is the best way to learn about these technologies, what the devices do, and how they are changing the way we read and access information. For those libraries thinking about lending e-reader devices to patrons, or thinking about getting involved in lending e-books, this is a great chance to test drive some of the devices beforehand to help in making an informed decision for future services.
Contact your Field Services representative to schedule your Tech Toolkit loan. We will deliver the kit and help you get started, and will return to pick up the kit at the end of your three-week loan period. If you are interested in holding a hands-on device training session for the public in conjunction with your Tech Toolkit loan, just let us know. We would be happy to facilitate that session as well. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!