Adopting and Adapting New Technology
Question: What is the newest “techie” gadget that you have/would like to have, and how do/would you use it to improve the work relationship that you have with your primary clientele?
What a timely question! Next week our first student class required to have iPads will arrive on campus. Library staff have been preparing for this by acquiring our own devices, learning and sharing about apps and figuring out how to provide printing, classroom projection, add-on peripherals, etc. Almost all of the texts for the courses will be electronic, so we’re learning how the e-book apps work (or not), and thinking about annotation and file handling. We’re thinking about the iPads in relation to network firewalls, proxy service, network capacity, Blackboard interactivity, audience response apps, and the list goes on. So that’s our current techie gadget project, and everyone on staff here has a role to play in it. It's a big challenge, but we’re rather excited about it.
Because the library is seen as the primary source of local iPad support for both faculty and students, this project raises our profile on campus and reinforces our reputation for technology savvy. Library staff are expecting to do a whole lot of coaching over the next few weeks, so the well-known phrase “high tech, high touch” will apply here.
Ann Koopman, 2011 Candidate for Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
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