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The purpose of this group is to discuss and share information about how we are using or planning on using ereaders in libraries.

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Budgeting for Kindle Replacements

Started by Farah Mahesri Aug 24, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi all,I work for a non-profit called Worldreader (www.worlredeader.org) where we work to bring digital books to schools and libraries in Africa.We are in…Continue

Tags: budgets, replacement, Kindle

Follett Shelf & Nook Color

Started by Paula O'Rourke. Last reply by Mary Schwander Jan 25, 2013. 4 Replies

I invested in Follett Shelf last year with the hope that the ebooks would be able to be downloaded onto my Nook color ereaders, but that hasn't been the case.  Now I'm contemplating buying an SD card…Continue

Cataloging Kindle, Nook and iPad magazine apps?

Started by Patty Lebrenz Nov 21, 2012. 0 Replies

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!Have any of you been asked by a teacher or Tech Director about including links to apps (856 (Location and Access)) in your MARC records for the Nook or Kindle tablets…Continue

Tags: apps, cataloging

Kindles in backpacks?

Started by karen Hennig. Last reply by Will DeLamater Oct 26, 2012. 7 Replies

      I read on Buffy's "permission to borrow a Kindle" form that students are not permitted to put the Kindles in their backpacks.  Is this standard procedure?  Where do your students store them…Continue

Tags: Hennig, storage, Kindle, backpacks

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Comment by Patty McClune on January 26, 2011 at 5:31pm
Thanks Emma. Glad that helped.
Comment by Emma Breeze on January 26, 2011 at 4:03pm

Patty, your summary of how you catalogue is so useful. I was literally just trying to decide what the best way was to link the Kindles and their content to the cataloguing records.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Comment by Patty McClune on January 25, 2011 at 3:45pm

We have 12 Kindles registered on 2 accounts of 6 each. Since each ebook can be loaded on 6 devices (on the same account) any title we order goes on 6 eReaders. Kindles 1-6 are cataolged as equipment on one MARC record and the titles on those are part of the record (730 tag). Each individual Kindle, 1 through 6, is cataloged as a copy under that MARC record with its barcode. Registration number is included in the copy info.

If a student wants to read "Looking for Alaska" a title search will show it's available in print AND also which Kindles have it loaded. Kindles 7-12 have a different set of eBooks than Kindles 1-6. I'm not loading them up with free downloads unless there's a request. This keeps adding the titles and authors (700 tag) more manageable. 

We added a 530 tag to a copy of each print book that is also available on a Kindle in our library. The 530 tag reads: Available on Kindle.

I really like the way patron searches look and work with this addition. I figure the more access points the better.

You can snoop around in our HS catalog for other specifics if you like. I’m interested in learning what others are doing.

Comment by Mary Alice Powers on January 25, 2011 at 3:13pm
Cataloging Kindles/iPads and their Titles:  Pardon this "new member".  The Librarian/Trainer for my OPAC vendor wants to write an article for school librarians with directions on how to catalog such devices and the titles purchased. However, she is not really familiar with what school librarians need or want in terms of cataloguing the devices, placing holds, loan periods, etc. I referred her to "The Unquiet Librarian" and to this Ning.  Anyone got better ideas or would welcome answering her questions about managing eReader devices that are loaned?  (If this is a simple to answer question, ignore me!!)
Comment by Jeremy Rinkel on January 21, 2011 at 2:07pm
It depends Wendy.  To do it "right" might be a little expensive.  I'm not an IT guy, but most techs want to installed wireless access points.  I priced some for my school for a grant I was applying for and they ran around $10,000.   I installed a wireless router in my room and students can get the wireless connection in several rooms.  I bought the router at Walmart for $50.  I plugged an internet cable in and it seems to work fine.  I'm not sure how well it would work with a lot of devices access it though.  I hope this helps.
Comment by Mary Simmons on January 21, 2011 at 2:06pm
I have six Nooks for my high school library. I let the first six students in my high school book club who brought in permission slips check them out first. They literally ran in the next morning. Then the next six, then I opened it up to my general population---again, according to who brought in permission slips first. The permission slip is important as it lets parents know the replacement cost is $190.00. 
Comment by Wendy Kirchner on January 21, 2011 at 2:00pm
We are considering updating the computer lab in the library, but after reading about the i-pad - it seems wasteful to do any major construction - we should just do wifi- has anyone installed wifi in a library recently - the only response from IT is that is expensive - is it??
Comment by Jeremy Rinkel on January 20, 2011 at 8:46pm
Great question.  Several members have implemented their ereader programs a couple of different ways.  Kathleen Parker is piloting ereaders in a second grade classroom.  See her post here.  Kathy Burnette started by lending out Nooks to faculty members over the summer and then implemented them for student use in the library.  See her post here.  Buffy Hamilton has a multitude of resources on her website The Unquiet Library. I hope this helps you as you begin your ereader implementation.
Comment by Elizabeth Roberts on January 19, 2011 at 11:11pm
If you have Kindles, Nook or other readers for your library, how and to whom did you start distributing them first? We have 6 and are not sure if they should be circulated by books in the library, given as a classroom resource or if we should stick with the teachers for now.
Comment by Will DeLamater on January 13, 2011 at 12:42pm
This should be the biggest group on the site!

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