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Drinko offers iPad rentals

By KYLE GIBSON
On February 15, 2013

In an effort to enhance technology on campus, the John Deaver Drinko library has offered a program for the checking out of an Apple iPad for over a year.Students can checkout the product at the library’s circulation desk on a first-come, first serve basis. The loan-out is for up to 24 hours, while faculty can keep the iPad for seven days.Johnny Bradley, Drinko supervisor of operations, said the program has been a success and that the library is looking to add more applications to the devices.“I think it’s a great program,” Bradley said. “We’re actually checking on a couple of apps to put in, some note taking apps. It’s a dictation app that the disability services office uses and we’re going to try to put that on ours so that it’s open to all the students.”Will Dickerson, a library employee and current student, said he uses the device to look for other services available on campus and at Drinko Library. “Really, I use the Marshall app to see where computers are available in the library and things like that, so to look up books and resources and that sort of thing,” Dickerson said.Students are required to complete a liability agreement when checking out equipment. The form states that a replacement fee will not exceed $800 for a lost or broken iPad.Bradley said barring budget restrictions, the library would look at adding more technology for students and faculty.“I can’t say yes 100 percent because of budget woes that are happening,” Bradley said. “More than likely, if something new comes out and we notice that it’s a popular item and we can get our hands on them, we might put thewm behind the circulation desk and check them out.”Devices such as laptops and various chargers are also available at the circulation desk. There is a late fee of $1 per hour for students and $1 per day for faculty if the device is not returned to the circulation desk within 24 hours.Kyle Gibson can be contacted at gibson210@live.marshall.edu. 

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