Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but it was a busy summer. I've just gotten all except 2 Nooks back (one I have) and am getting them ready to use with students. There was some press when we received the grant so most of the students know about the Nooks and are super excited.
The staff members who tested the Nooks this summer really enjoyed them. The only naysayer was the principal who said she likes looking at printed books too much to get an ereader. I reminded her that it's just a format and you can decide which books to buy for your reader and which to buy for their beauty.
The teachers' main concern was the lack of ability to print out annotations for use with book groups. That's a definite drawback for the Nook's use in the classroom. Also, having the dictionary pop out of the book seems to disrupt reading.
Another thing I noted personally, as the only one buying books to load, was that some books were actually COSTLIER than their printed counterparts! I understand that you can load the books on a number of devices but that's assuming someone needs to do that!
My next step is to determine my check out process. I believe I will make one Nook title in the catalog and give each Nook it's own barcode. I will list the books under the table of contents and print a small sheet to be tucked into the cover or taped to the back of the Nook. This will include titles as well as caveats. Nooks will have the same time period as regular library material.
Kathy Parker shared her form she gives to students before they can use her Kindles and I'm adapting it for use in the library. I will have interested students take them home and then attach them to their library record. I will also have to put some sort of alert on the Nook so that when it's returned, staff can check to make sure everything has been returned in working order and to recharge the Nooks before they can be checked out again.
Has anyone used ereaders in the library and can give me some check out ideas?