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Tablets and e-Readers: Information at Your Fingertips


Mobile devices are fast becoming commonly used in education, communication, and for information retrieval. This class is designed to provide participants with hands-on learning opportunities using some of the most popular mobile devices including the iPad and Kindle e-reader. The class will provide an overview of other popular tablets and e-readers and how these devices are transforming education and learning. This class includes discussion and hand-on activities with tablets and e-readers. Hands-on activities will include exploration of mobile sites and apps from the National Library of Medicine as well as exploration of basic features of e-readers. A mobile device petting zoo will provide class attendees the opportunity to see and use some of the most popular tablet and e-reader device options.


Participants will:

  • better understand the current state of the tablet market;
  • have information about differences in popular devices;
  • understand the differences between mobile sites and mobile apps;
  • be aware of free resources for mobile devices available from the National Library of Medicine;
  • have more knowledge about the current state of the e-reader market;
  • be able to identify ways to use e-readers to provide access to resources;
  • demonstrate familiarity with both tablet and e-reader devices.

Course Materials

Course presentation PowerPoint file (10 mb, rev: Jun 24, 2013)

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.


South Central Region

Michele Woods, Technology Coordinator, ,

Update Author

Michele Woods, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region

Original Author

Emily Hurst, former Technology Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region