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Published on Oct 20, 2013
So Your Library Wants To Lend iPads #lib2013
presentation from Heather Westhaver, Librarian Trainer
"Hear about the Do's and Don'ts of launching a circulating iPad collection from the first public library in Canada to lend the iPad mini. Introduced by Burlington Public Library in February 2013, this session covers the collection's start-up process, the costs, working with Apple, the technology side of things, staff roles, and how much the customers love it!"
Some libraries do not lend out iPads for fear that the tablets will be stolen or lost. This fear is not unreasonable, but iPads have a feature that can protect you if an iPad walks out the door. It's called "Find My iPad." Not only does it track the location of your iPad, it allows you to:
Here's a screenshot of a located iPad:
And here's an example of a message you can push to an iPad:
To use the "Find my iPad/iPhone" feature, you must have an Apple ID and password. You should have created one when you first set up your ipad. Once you know your Apple ID and password, visit https://www.icloud.com/#find. You'll be asked to login and then the site will try and find your iPad.
If the iPad is not connected to the internet or is powered down, you will not be able to find it. You can set up your "lost mode" message and have the iPad play a pinging sound as soon as it makes an internet connection. The "Find my iPhone/iPad" will also record the location of the iPad and keep for 24 hours.
While one could indefinitely avoid detection by never connecting to the internet, the iPad is basically a brick if you never make an internet connection.