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Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science


laptops, digital devices, macbook


California State University, San Bernardino launched its’ first ever library laptop lending program in the fall of 2012. During research into policy creation and technical implementation questions of a more general nature emerged. Is the need for library provided laptops declining? Are library provided tablet computers such as iPads replacing laptops? Are libraries providing devices to access eBooks? This session will present two case studies at CSU, San Bernardino, and the preliminary results of a survey into digital device lending by libraries. The first case study reports on the newly launched laptop lending program. The second case study reports on a pilot iPad lending program in which the iPads are preloaded with eTextbooks. We will conclude by asking the “bigger” questions and reviewing preliminary results of the library survey