Tech Improvement: Plug In and Carry On ? a Marian University library master plan for charging stations
Nearly every student and faculty member carries a smartphone and/or tablet. The Plug In & Carry On initiative consists of purchasing five charging stations for the Marian University Library. The library currently provides access to over 150,000 electronic books and journals and is actively purchasing additional items in these formats. Increasingly, students and faculty are using these resources on their personal devices, often while in the library. In addition to this organic move toward mobile devices, our College of Medicine is providing an iPad to every incoming medical student with the expectation they will access our electronic resources in this fashion. In the past month, 19% of all visits to our Marian LibGuides (subject specific library resource guide webpages) have come from a mobile operating system. (Google Analytics, Jan 3 -Feb.3, 2014). We would like to purchase mobile device charging stations to support a large number of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, as well as any device chargeable through industry-standard USB cables and connectors.