To circulate, or not to circulate--that is the question.
Allowing your patrons to check out iPads from the library provides them with an opportunity to explore, practice and become proficient using this new technology. Prior to circulating the iPads consider adding a collection of commonly used apps to each device. Make it easier for your patrons to explore and use the apps by grouping them into folders on the iPad.
Prior to circulating your iPads, be sure to publicize your iPad loan policies. Add a webpage to your website with the following information:
Ask borrowers to remove any personal information and data that they have added to the iPad before returning it. Many of your borrowers may not know how to accomplish this, so be sure and inform them that any personal information or data loaded on a borrowed iPad will be promptly removed by library staff. You may also want to provide a link to an iPad troubleshooting guide.
An Apple ID is the email address you use as a login for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, buying songs from the iTunes Store, and downloading apps from the App Store. What you should know about your Apple ID:
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!"
Protect your patron's privacy by wiping their data off a library iPad before passing it along to the next patron. You can do this by restoring a library iPad from a back up. Restoring the iPad erases any photos or other personal information left on the device.
Prior to circulating your iPads create a back up of your configured settings in iTunes. Be sure and give this back up a unique name, such as "iPad Circ1" See Apple's guide to backing up your device on how to back up your iPad. For towns with poor bandwidth, we recommend backing up via iTunes and not to iCloud.
If you make changes to your iPad, you'll need to make a new back up before you lend it out again.
Use your back up in iTunes to quickly restore the settings of an iPad when it has been returned to the library. Restoring the iPad erases any apps that a patron may have installed or downloaded.
Finally, if your iPad becomes messed up beyond all recognition, you can reset it to its factory settings by using Apple's page on How to restore your iPad to factory settings.
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