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iPads Now Available for Checkout

Pilot program explores new technology

11 October 2010
Story by Caitlin Kinser, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The OSU Library has 30 wireless iPads, complete with hardware cases and screen protectors, now available for check out at the circulation desk.

"As part of our effort to provide access to technology that may otherwise be unavailable to our students, Dean Johnson proposed this iPad pilot program,” said Laptop Manager Jon Hall.  “If the program becomes popular, we will conduct a survey to determine how and when to increase the number of iPads we circulate.”

Students may check out the iPads for five hours at a time, which is the same as the laptops all ready available. The iPads currently feature the most basic applications, but library administrators are investigating a new “profile” for the iPads with personalized apps, such as an e-book reader, for the future.

Even though the iPads will likely serve as web browsers, library administrators are excited to see what other ways they will be utilized.

"A buzz has definitely been created over the last couple weeks as news has spread that we are getting iPads. I am anxious to see how popular they are, and I am eager to discover the different ways our students use the iPads while they have them,” Hall said.  

For more information on the iPad initiative, contact Bonnie Ann Cain at (405) 744-7331 or e-mail lib-pub@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall10/iPad.htm
Last Updated: 11 October 2010

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

225 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071

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