We have an iPad pilot project going on at our library right now. If it goes well, we might expand the project – more iPads, more areas, etc.
But for now, here’s what we’re doing:
- We have two iPads out in our kid’s area – specifically in our Tweens area (kids ages 9-12)
- Somewhere, we found some huge, spongy iPad cases
- Each iPad has some games, art apps, and other age-appropriate apps
- They are chained to a table so they don’t walk off
And they seem to be pretty popular!
[GARD align="right"] The project is going well so far. We started off with some pretty normal black sleeve/cases – those didn’t last long, hence the huge, thick, spongy cases. There’s no power connected to them, so we have to recharge them every day. And I think we’ve had some problems keeping customers out of settings, etc. Sure, you can set up a password for some things – but that won’t keep people out of all the settings on an iPad.
Otherwise – it’s going well, and we’ll assess it and either grow the project or kill it, depending on feedback.
What’s your library doing with iPads or tablets? I’m curious!