With convenience being one of the primary drivers of the industry, Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, or another tablet computer was a gift that many people, perhaps even you, received during the December holiday season. During 2010, the iPad was the primary tablet on the US consumer market, as Gartner Inc observed. But competitors have entered, or are about to enter, the market, which will stimulate interest and sales. Three issues concern librarians and information professionals: 1. How can tablets be used to perform research? 2. How can they affect your resource center? 3. Can they replace standard laptop and desktop computers? To thoroughly answer these questions, this article will look at where information professionals are working today, discuss how they are using their computers, and identify key elements of design that influence the development of all tablet and touchscreen computers.
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