Tablets have a lot going for them: They're small, lightweight, portable, reasonably rugged, flexible, pretty affordable, and highly configurable. Libraries have not been shy about experimenting with tablets for both staff and end users. Many are lending tablets to users in the same way they loan laptops. The author highlights six interesting and innovative ways libraries are using tablets. They are: 1. lending programs, 2. instruction, 3. space planning, 4. roving reference, 5. surveys and assessment, and 6. kiosks. These are just a few examples of the many ways libraries can use, or are using, tablets to connect with customers to showcase their products and services. Tablets, by their very nature, are meant to be taken in the field, to their users, to encourage interaction and engagement.
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