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- Compare tablets. iPad provides great support and educational tutorials.
- Got a Roving Librarian t-shirt. (see pictures to the right of the front and back of the shirt.)
- The shirt is worn at: faculty meetings, faculty lunches, while eating with students in the cafeteria, walking across campus to an instructional meeting with someone.
- Wear name tag with our campus logo. Not everyone on campus knows who you are. If a student has not seen you in the library they may not know who you are.
- Carry business cards at all times for the same reason.
- Get an iPad case that allows you a secure hold the tablet with one hand leaving the other hand free to manipulate the screen.
- As much as possible know the interests of the person you're teaching. Can be easy with a professor in a specific department. For others, not so simple.
- Broad appeal databases are a great jumping off point to begin teaching.
- The line of people into the cafeteria is a prime spot to be for questions. A captive audience? Yes, but respect them.
- When roving, have the screen display an eye-catching message such as "NEED ANSWERS?" on the tablet's screen. The silent message elicits smiles but also gets research questions.
- Know your resources. Reacquaint yourself with all the library's databases. See how the databases display on the tablet. It may display differently than on a PC/Mac.
- Have a battery of quality Internet resources bookmarked.
- Know your audience. Different members of the campus community respond differently to the Roving Librarian. Adjust your approach accordingly.
- iTunes U has videos regarding technology and education. Note the ones on iPad use.
- Download the Explain Everything app. EE is an inexpensive app for iPad and MAC. Place a video online.