April 24, 2013
Starting in Summer A, students may check out iPads at the second-floor circulation desk of Library West. The 16 GB iPads are preloaded with Whiteboard, Instapaper, SlideShark, and gFlashPro. Students may also sign into their iTunes account to access their own apps, docs, and media. The iPads also come preloaded with Facebook, Pandora, Kindle, and Nook, as well as free UF tutoring services.
When students check out an iPad, they receive the tablet, an iPad-to-USB cable, print guide, and a carrying case. The program, in the works for nearly a year, is generating a lot of excitement for students. Staff, too, are very excited about the program:
“We’re getting the hardware into everyone’s hands,” said Mike Tyler, a library IT specialist. “It is very gratifying, especially when you know the student and they wouldn’t otherwise have access to these tools.”
The iPads will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A $10 charge will be applied for each hour the iPad is overdue, and a $1,000 charge will be applied for lost, damaged, or stolen iPads. Lost accessories will be assessed at $50 each. Students must sign an iPad user agreement at checkout, and once the iPad is overdue for 10 hours, it will be locked down so it cannot be used. Students should save any work they create, because the devices are “wiped” upon return.