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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 130

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Poster Board Number: 130
Title: iPad Usage in Medical Libraries: A Survey
Objective: To evaluate the user-perceived benefits of having iPads available for check-out in an academic medical sciences library.
Methods: Two iPads were purchased and loaded with a diverse selection of academic and leisure-oriented applications. Input was solicited from library users at two locations: in the lobby of either the library or a building where nursing students and second-year medical students attended class. Patrons were asked if they would like to experiment with an iPad and complete a print survey regarding its anticipated usefulness in an academic setting. The five survey questions were designed to capture the general patron profile, the preferred length of iPad check-out, how the iPad would be used and in association with which applications, and any additional comments that were volunteered. These data were then entered into SurveyMonkey by the librarians.
Results: There were 100 total respondents. A great majority of the feedback was from students in the medical, nursing, and veterinary programs. The preferred iPad usage time span was split evenly between 4 hours and 2 weeks. The highest suggested uses of iPads included doing educational or research activities, searching the Internet, and reading e-books. When asked for specific types of resources users would utilize, e-books and health or medical apps were listed most frequently.
Conclusions: Patrons were interested in using iPads to assist them in an academic medical setting. There are many health- and medicine-related resources and applications available for iPads. Academic medical libraries can provide access to new applications and resources to support education and research by circulating iPads. As demand for mobile access and tools continues to increase, our research indicates that this offers an opportunity for an easily implemented, yet high-impact, library service.
Authors: Suzanne Shurtz, AHIP, Instructional Services Librarian; Rebecca McKay, AHIP, Bryan Campus Librarian; Thomas D. Halling, Onsite Services Librarian; Medical Sciences Library; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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