If your library provides gadget "petting zoo" events to acquaint patrons with ebook readers, tablets, and other handheld devices, you'll want to take a look at TechSoup's Gadget Instruction post where you can get lots of great tips for providing one of your own, plus 3 library success stories you can learn from.
Haven't held a Gadget Petting Zoo yet? Here's what Techsoup's Crystal Schimpf says about the benefits of gadget instruction:
Many libraries offer training on specific gadgets such as e-readers, smartphones, and tablets, in an effort to help patrons access books and information more effectively. In a recent Pew study (Library Services in the Digital Age), 69% of adults said they would be "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to attend a "tech petting zoo" type event at their local library, so that they can test and toy with different devices. Offering gadget instruction can teach patrons how to use their device to download library materials, access library resources online, and improve their ability to find relevant and authoritative information from any location.
Note: if you're at a Winnefox library and want to hold a Gadget Petting Zoo event, contact me to borrow a WPLC Gadget Package. The Gadget Pack contains handheld devices, including an iPad, Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire, NOOK Simple Touch, and NOOK Color.
Here's a sample of what you'll find at TechSoup's Gadget Instruction:
Jennifer Birnel over at WebJunction wrote Fear Not the New Gadget where she provides the 9 basics you can master to navigate the variety of e-book readers and tablets your patrons need help with — no matter the make or manufacturer.
According to a November 14th New York Times article "Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers", in a recent Consumer Reports poll "10 percent of the adults surveyed said they planned to give an e-reader as a gift this year, up from 4 percent in 2009."