We're looking into ways that tablets might be used by library staff
assisting patrons in a long line at the circ desk. With a tablet, an
additional staff person could pick folks off the line who might have things
that can be handled on a properly outfitted tablet.
I am wondering if anyone has any examples of a library using the camera on
a tablet to scan barcodes on library materials (for check out or check in)
or if anyone has used one of those magnetic stripe readers that you can
attach to some tablets (such as the Square Register for the iPad which can
be used to process credit cards)? I'm sure it's been done with a netbook;
we're solely interested in doing this with a tablet.
We're trying to see if we can install the GUI for Ex Libris Aleph on a
tablet running Microsoft RT. If this might work on tablets running Android
or iOS, that would be interesting as well.
Any examples or thoughts about this would be most welcome.
User Experience Librarian
151 E. 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
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