[Libs-Or] options for public computing

Heather Sears heather at fernridgelibrary.org
Sat Jan 19 11:09:04 PST 2013

	Our library just purchased two ipads that we are prepping to be
used for early literacy. They will be for 2-5 year olds and have been
loaded with early literacy apps and books. I have disabled the internet
on them and password protected access to buying apps or changing
settings. They will be one week checkouts and will be in the card
catalog so people can place holds on them. Each time they come back I
will take off all the apps and then re-download them to ensure that
nothing has been tampered with or changed. Of course, we haven't
actually started circulating ours yet but I am sure when we do there
will be some adjustments. Let me know if you have any other questions I
would be happy to answer them.

Heather Sears
Youth Services and Volunteer Coordinator
Fern Ridge Library
PO Box 397 88026 Territorial Rd
Veneta, OR 97487
Tel: 541-935-7512
heather at fernridgelibrary.org

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Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:15 PM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] options for public computing

Hi all, 

I've been looking at options for our public computing as we remodel our
children's room and are thinking we don't want to put the big computers
back in. 

So, I have a couple of questions for the collective: 

1.  Has anyone put iPads in their library, specifically for children?
How do you manage them, load only your apps and deal with reservations? 

2.  I've been reading about Chromebooks, especially in California where
the state library did a $500,000+ grant and put thousands of Chromebooks
out in libraries (10 to 50 per library) and they are actually letting
people check them out to use at home for a week.   I'm looking more at
using them within the library and again the whole reservation issue is
huge as I will not go back to a sign up sheet after enjoying the
automation of PC Reservation for years ;-) How does it work with the
limitation of apps and googledocs?

Any others...  


Leah M. Griffith, Director
Newberg Public Library 
503 E. Hancock Street     Newberg, OR   97132
P 503-537-1256     F 503-538-9720
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