On Feb. 12, Delta County Libraries will begin checking out iPads at all locations. "This is a great opportunity for all of our patrons," said district director Annette Choszczyk.
"We are hoping that the community will take advantage of the chance to check them out, play with the devices and apps, and access some of the great digital media that we have available."
The library offers a number of pre-loaded apps and digital databases that can be accessed and utilized through the iPad. In all cases, patrons only need a library card number to access both the equipment and the rich content available through the library. "The library is fortunate enough to have had several grants that helped provide us with this exciting technology," Choszczyk added. "The content is something we have offered for some time, but as media formats have evolved, more and more options have become available."
The library currently subscribes to several databases that provide a number of digital offerings. "Our OverDrive database contains over 8,000 ebooks, nearly 3,000 audiobooks, and hundreds of songs and videos. These are available for most devices, from iPads to Kindles. We also offer over 40 current magazine titles to patrons through our Zinio subscription," said Leah Morris, system coordinator. "We hope that by making iPads available for checkout, more people will be able to take advantage of our collections."
Checking out digital materials is just as easy as checking out physical materials from the libraries. Patrons find materials through the library website and online catalog, check out the materials with their library card and download them to their computers or devices. Some of the available online materials will have due dates and others do not, but when downloaded the material is available to the patron to use on their device.
Digital magazines are a wonderful resource because a patron can download them to a device and once they do the magazine remains in their available content. Once downloaded, the magazine is always accessible to the patron until he removes it. Not only are the latest issues available, but back issues as well. Some of the titles available for download are Businessweek, National Geographic, Field and Stream, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping.
"The titles available for download are some of the more popular magazines available," said Choszczyk. "Patrons will now have the ability to utilize cutting-edge technology, and access premium content from the comfort of their own homes. An added benefit of checking out an iPad from your library is having the chance to try one to see if you like the device, and if you like various apps, and if you enjoy using digital materials. We think people will really enjoy this opportunity."blog comments powered by Disqus