Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blog Entry #2: Handheld Devices

Your technology director has given you a budget of $10,000 for the purchase of handheld devices in your library. Using the prices in Chapter 5 of Courtney as a general guideline, what would you purchase and why? Your grade for this blog entry will be based on your justifications for what you purchase and your creative ideas for how to use the handhelds in the library, whether by students, faculty, and/or staff.

Overall, I would like to purchase the most amount of devices in order to accommodate the most amount of students. After comparing all of the handheld devices listed in chapter 5 of the Courtney text, I found that the Internet tablets had the most well rounded amount of abilities to accommodate the students. Researching the different internet tablets mentioned in the book, I found that they were designed for internet browsing, playing media, e-book reading, image viewer, and chat. Even due to limited storage capabilities, students would still have the opportunity to save information to the intranet, or their shared drives. The library would also be able to store e-books, media, and school work on the intranet that would be accessible to the devices. With the $10,000 I would be able to purchase a class set (30+) devices to be used in the library.

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