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Very Kind Kindle support from Buffy! (and on further celebrating our network)

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

Kindle Document Library for Students

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.)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Doug Johnson says

    Hiya Joycie,

    LibraryGirl is also documenting her experiences with B&N Nooks on her blog:

    Interesting stuff all around. Would like to see a fuller explanation of the goals of these experiments in all cases.


  2. How timely was your post for me?!? This morning as I explained why our library needed to be rearranged so I could use the cobweb-covered smartboard and projector hidden in the corner, the principal asked, “What else do you need to update the library?” I told him I wanted ereaders, and he told me to order 12 Kindles. I figured I’d spent tomorrow researching, but I can tell already that most of what I need is right here! Just two hours ago I sent my principal a link to your Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians, too. You’re my hero, Joyce!


  3. Yikes! Thanks of course to Buffy as well for putting together that wonderful resource page that you shared!


  4. I was looking for an example of an acceptable use policy for Kindles in the school. Is it possible that the link to the acceptable use policy above is not linking to the right place? The document it goes to is not what I was expecting… 🙂 Thanks for any help you can give me!!

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