Tools for Tablets: Apps, Sites, and Widgets for Tablet Computers

The Library has been getting a lot of good feedback from students on our new circulating iPads – and we’ve also heard from our friends at the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence that there’s a long list of faculty borrowing their iPads as well. So it seems like a good time for a Technology on Your Own Terms workshop!

On Wednesday, November 16, from 12pm-1pm, cataloging & metadata librarian Sheli McHugh will present Tools for Tablets: Apps, Sites, and Widgets for Tablet Computers. Sheli’s workshop will discuss programs that will enhance your use of personal tablets, like the iPad, so that you can get the most out of these devices.  We will look at file storage options, word processing programs, as well as social networks and e-reader applications.

All faculty and staff members are welcome, but seats are limited, so if you’d like to come please register at (under Technology On Your Own Terms).  We’ll meet in WML305, and a light lunch will be provided. See you there!

New for Fall: Borrow an iPad!

Our laptop borrowing program has always been popular with students, so this year we thought we’d expand it! Now, students can borrow one of our three brand new iPad2s.

We want to help our students explore this new world of tablet computing, so we’ve made borrowing an iPad as easy as possible.  To request an iPad, all you have to do is stop by our circulation desk.  Our laptops can only be borrowed for a period of 3 hours, but when you check out an iPad, you’ll get to keep it for a whole day. And even better – unlike our laptops, which have to stay in the building, you can take your borrowed iPad out of the Library and use it where ever you like.

Give our iPads a whirl, and then let us know what you think of this new program! If we see the iPads getting a lot of use, we’ll look into purchasing more of them (or purchasing one or more Android tablets).

E-Readers and Tablets: The Hype and the Facts

On Wednesday, April 6, our Spring 2011 Technology on Your Own Terms series will wrap up with E-Readers and Tablets: The Hype and the Facts from 11am-3pm in WML305.

Nook, Sony, Kindle, iPad, Galaxy…  There are so many e-readers and tablet computers available that it’s getting harder to know which product to choose to fill a certain need.  Want some answers?  Drop in any time during our four hour showcase of e-readers and tablet computers at the Weinberg Memorial Library. Best Buy will have many products on display and provide knowledgeable staff to answer your questions.  You will learn about the Weinberg Memorial Library e-books available for download as well as where you can find free e-books and how to convert regular documents to ereader formats.  Light refreshments will be served. (With representatives from Best Buy, the Weinberg Memorial Library, and the CTLE)