SILS Alumna, Rebecca K. Miller, Edits e-Book “Tablet Computers in the Academic Library”

April 1, 2014

Rebecca K MillerRebecca K. Miller (MSLS 2007), an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has completed three  projects in which she highlights the increasing importance of technology in today’s libraries. The first project is a published e-book titled Tablet Computers in the Academic Library.

According to the book’s description, “In the past few years tablet computing has seemingly emerged from nowhere to spark exciting conversations about the future of academic library use and instruction, touching on everything from textbooks to reference services. Listservs, discussion boards, conference presentations and journal articles have already put forth some imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting and this edited volume collects the best of these cutting-edge ideas from a range of contributors.”

Miller, information literacy coordinator and college librarian for Science, Life Sciences and Engineering of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, co-edited the book with Virginia Tech education and applied social sciences librarian Heather Moorefield-Lang and first year instruction librarian, Carolyn Meier. The book is divided into four parts with chapters written by various authors. They are titled:

  •  “Exploring Tablets in Higher Education and the Academic Library”
  •  “Using Tablets in Teaching and Learning”
  •  “Using Tablets in Reference and Student Services”
  •  “Using Tablets to Develop, Manage and Market Collections”

The book is available for many eReaders, as well as via free e-book programs on desktop computers and on iPhones, iPod Touch and iPad.

In addition to the publication of this work, Miller is co-teaching an ALA eCourse on a similar topic. The course, titled “iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation” will begin March 31, 2014 and will continue for six (6) weeks.

“In this first-of-its-kind eCourse, Virginia Tech librarians and gadget experts Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will show you what you need to know about these gadgets, from surveying the landscape of available products to purchasing and implementing these devices in your library. Over the six weeks of the eCourse you will also gain new tech skills, such as communicating via video blog or podcast and using Twitter and social bookmarking tools to share ideas.”

Participation in the eCourse will require approximately five hours a week. During this time, students will be expected to read, listen to or view online content, complete weekly assignments and participate in online discussion boards. While there will be no live sessions during the six-week period, instructors Miller, Meier and Moorefield-Lang will regularly monitor discussion boards, answer questions and lead group discussions.

Finally, Miller and her collaborators co-edited an issue of Library Technology Reports that was published at the end of 2012.  It was entitled, "Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets."

Before her work at Virginia Tech, Miller served as the digital technologies librarian at Louisiana State University She has published several articles on the topic of technology and instruction.

To purchase the eBook, visit http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4025.

To participate in the eCourse, visit http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3819.

For more about Miller’s projects, visit the project Web site at: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/