I love you, Buffy J. Hamilton! And I love our network!
Earlier this fall I worked with the Special Ed Department on a Kindle roll-out, a project we’ve set up as a formal research project to explore the effect of ereaders on reading motivation. But when we unpacked our own first library Kindles yesterday, a lovely gift from our PTA, we were a bit lost as to what to do next.
At the very moment Casey, Patty, Nora and I unpacked that box, our good friend Unquiet Librarian, Buffy J. Hamilton and her assistant, Roxanne, posted their videos and shared a rich resource page on exactly what to do after opening the very same box.
I love you, Buffy! And Roxanne, thank you too for your practical ideas for processing and tracking! The bookmark idea is brilliant.
So yesterday, Casey, Patty, Nora and I sat in my office–impromptu meeting style–watching Buffy’s videos and figuring out how to translate Buffy’s practical ideas for our own readers, catalog, and circ system.
Here is one of Buffy’s helpful films, a reflection on the first week of her launch:
Buffy also documented and shared her experiences on her Kindle LibGuide page, a page worthy of multiple superlatives.
This super-fabulous page includes a terrific Document Library:
Kindle Document Library for Librarians
- eReader (Kindle) Checkout and Permissions Form 2010-11
- Request Form for Kindle eBooks
- Kindle eBook Tracking Form
- Form for Tracking What Kindle Devices Are Assigned to A Specific Kindle eBook
- Gift Card Tracking Record Form
- Kindle Device and Kindle eBooks: Procedures for Setting Up and Cataloging
- Spreadsheet for Tracking Titles and Assignments to Kindle Devices
Kindle Document Library for Students
- Video: Reflections on the Initial Process of Preparing Kindles for Circulation at The Unquiet Library
- A Creekview HS Senior Tells Us What Is So Great About a Kindle
- History at The Unquiet Library: Our First Kindle Checkout!
- The Arrival of Our New Kindles and Procedures for Cataloging the Kindles and Kindle eBooks
For more information on launching an ereader program, you might also choose to join the Kindle, Nook, and More Educators Network, where you can also view Kathy Parker’s presentation: Implementing an eReader Pilot Program at your School. You may also be interested in following Carolyn Foote’s iPad initiative and LibraryGirl’s experiences with her B&N Nooks. (Thanks, Doug.)