ERIC Number: EJ858308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Circulating Laptops: Lessons Learned in an Academic Library
Sharpe, Paul A.
Journal of Access Services, v6 n3 p337-345 2009
Laptops have become ubiquitous in academic libraries, as has the practice of circulating laptops for student use. Several studies have analyzed the how-to of loaning laptops, and a number of surveys have focused on how they are being used. However, little has been written of the practical lessons learned; the trial and error of those on the frontlines in academic libraries. The pitfalls of wireless networks, battery life, high demand, and brutal usage make offering such a popular service challenging. The experiences of the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library, while possibly not typical, provide a snapshot of the pitfalls involved in making laptop circulation successful.
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Laptop Computers, Library Services, Problems, Research Universities
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas