A new technology has arrived in four Metropolitan libraries. Thanks to a $132,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation, MediaSurfers™ are now available in the Almonte, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison and Southern Oaks Libraries.
MediaSurfers™ are self-checkout machines loaded with iPads. Each kiosk holds 16 iPads that can be checked out by anyone with a library card and used in the library for two hours at a time. Each tablet is loaded with applications and programs for adults and children that were selected to optimize accessibility of job opportunities, educational resources, government programs, health care information, library resources, social networks, as well as the ability to use the internet.
“It’s really exciting to give our customers additional access to library resources via a tablet, “said Anne Fischer, deputy director of Information Technology. “We are pleased that we can increase our computer access capacity and thankful to the Inasmuch Foundation for providing us this opportunity.”
The libraries where the kiosks are installed were picked because of their high Internet and computer use demands. The iPads will increase the availability of technology access and provide additional opportunities for customers to learn, play and connect.
Library card holders of any age can check out the iPads from the self-serve kiosks. Once returned, the kiosk will reformat and charge the tablets. Along with the included apps, the iPads will be able to access the library catalog, databases and digital download sites like Overdrive and Zinio.