iPads® in the Library
Using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages
by Joel A. Nichols
June 2013, 136pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-347-9
$50, £39, 44€, A69
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-348-6
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Today’s library patrons want access to easy-to-use tablet computers.

Looking for a programming guide for computer tablet use in the library setting? This book provides detailed plans and instructions with specific literacy goals for child, teen, and adult audiences—exactly what librarians seeking to integrate iPad and other tablet use into their programs need.

Tablet computers are fast becoming a ubiquitous technology. These devices also represent a unique opportunity for librarians and teachers because they are relatively affordable, easy to configure and maintain, and highly adaptable. Written by a practicing digital literacy instruction librarian who is also a trained children’s librarian, this book offers 50 practical programming scenarios that librarians can use to integrate iPads or other tablet devices into their programming, offering different plans for toddlers and pre-K child, school-aged patrons, teenagers, adults, and even seniors.

The plans provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and are designed to be easily adaptable to serve specific audiences. The book serves as a unique resource that helps librarians address digital literacy and bridge the digital divide by focusing on—and catering to—the needs of many age groups. Author Joel A. Nichols also provides annotated lists of apps that present librarians new to tablet computing simple and effective ways of integrating an iPad into their programs.


  • Supplies technology programs for young children targeting early literacy skills, and for grade school and middle school-aged children, with a special focus on STEM skills
  • Includes programs for adult groups including non-English speakers, job-seekers, and genealogy enthusiasts
  • Covers 100 essential apps for library programming in an annotated list
  • Provides an annotated list of app review resources for selection
  • Blends digital content and delivery with traditional, analogue library services in the versatile supplied plans
Joel A. Nichols, MA, MSLIS, is data strategies manager at the Free Library of Philadelphia and previously managed the Free Library Techmobile, a digital literacy outreach vehicle at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He is also the author of Libraries Unlimited's iPads® in the Library: Using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages. Nichols has taught computer basics in the library since 2008 and currently teaches college English. He holds a master of science in library and information science degree from Drexel University, a master's degree in English and creative writing from Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in German from Wesleyan University.


"The publication of Nichols’ valuable how-to guide is a welcome addition to the librarian’s toolbox. It is written at a time when the new media landscape is rapidly evolving and librarians need resources like this one to get started."—Little eLit, September 11, 2013

"Teachers and librarians in schools, public libraries, and academic libraries will benefit from the ideas presented in this book."—ARBA, August 1, 2013
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