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Three Kindles checked out to students this morning!

Started by Sharyn Merrigan. Last reply by Emily Graves Mar 8, 2011. 3 Replies

I have officially gotten my pilot off the ground and checked out three Kindles to students today from the library.  They have returned a user agreement (see attachment) acknowledging their…Continue

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NetLibrary in Middle School?

Started by Linn McDonald Feb 3, 2011. 0 Replies

I'm investigating ebooks and audiobooks for my middle school library. Overdrive unfortunately is astronomically expensive, so that option is out. Our high school has a subscription to NetLibrary, and…Continue

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Comment by Joanne Hammond on February 2, 2011 at 11:32pm
Comment by Peg Becksvoort on January 24, 2011 at 9:54pm

Thanks Sharyn. That's an excellent start for us. I like the one week at a time just to check their battery life and make sure they are not in the bottom of someone's locker.

My Nooks are charged and the delivery was very personal - the local B&N delivered, set them up, gave me tips and pointers, and told me that B&N has a free book every Friday. Not the usual free books either. Last week I downloaded Septimus Heap. Not a new title but, for some, having it on the Nook might be a hook.

I'm also working on checking out the ePub books from our public library. I can get them onto my MacBook, but then what ought to happen doesn't - they don't transfer onto the Nook via the USB. Could this have to do with passwords - different for ePub and for the Nook? That doesn't seem right. Our B&N rep said she would take the problem back to B&N and ponder it.

I'm looking forward to pushing the ePub books for our students with laptops and library cards. I'm also planning to buy into the OverDrive/Maine program in the hopes my students will have even more choices.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

Comment by Sharyn Merrigan on January 24, 2011 at 9:39pm

Peg, at our middle school we have shorter circulation periods (2 weeks normally).  I am checking out the Kindles one week at a time because I want to see them and make sure they still work!  Also, we have a hold list on the Kindles, so I want to get them on to the next kid.  Some students put together a help sheet for me, but I haven't had a chance to finalize and publish it.  When kids return the Kindles, I am asking them to fill out a survey so that I can collect some data on their experiences.  Here is the link:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dERHMHc4...


Comment by Jeremy Rinkel on January 20, 2011 at 10:04am


Several people on the ning have posted Acceptable Use Policies as well check out forms available.  Click Resources at the top of the ning and click Useful Forms in the drop down.  Currently, there are three examples there.  I would definitely have a plan in place and proper documentation should one get lost or damaged.  Best of luck with your program.  I'm sure it is an exciting time for you and your school.

Comment by Peg Becksvoort on January 20, 2011 at 9:44am

Getting five Nooks tomorrow. B&N is hand-delivering them. Thoughts on questions I should ask? 

My issues: do I want them to have shorter circ time (two weeks as opposed to books for four)? Do I want to have some instructions, paper, to go with them for check-out?  Do I have students sign a release form or "what-happens-when-I-drop-this-on-the-mud-and-step-on-it" policy? Finally, other words of wisdom?




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