iPad 2.0 and Librarians
A stimulating article from the latest issue of TILT (IFLA):
“As more and more of our library clientele are becoming techno-savvy, librarians and other information professionals must not only keep abreast of the technology in order to assist them but must lead the charge. (…)
Many of the apps are “must haves” for librarians and information professionals that I will address later in this article including how the iPad 2.0 can be considered the “go to device” for librarians and information professionals.
Some suggestions of application:
- The iWorks suite should be at the top of every information professionals list. They can use iWorks for presentations, documents, and spreadsheets. iWorks is the equivalent to Microsoft Office
- Information professionals have access to exciting and informative courses on any topic imaginable through Apple’s iTunes U. They can subscribe to courses, take self-paced classes, and get access to learning materials from some of the most erudite scholars in education
- Information professionals can use Drop box for storing, retrieving and sending large files and can synchronize all of their Calendars through the Calendar application
- Librarians and information professionals can collaborate with colleagues all over the world using the Facetime and Skype applications.
Some of the popular Apps that librarians have recommended are included below. Top 10 iPad Apps for Librarians by Andy Burkhardt (Information Tyrannosaur) – http://andyburkhardt.com/2010/07/07/top-ten-ipad-apps-for-librarians/
Joiner, Ida A. iPad 2.0: Information Professionals Don’t Leave Home Without It! TILT (Trends and Issues in Libray Technologies), July 2012. Available from: http://ifla.intersearch.com.au/tilt_july2012/tilt_july2012.html#article5 [Accessed 9th July 2012]