January 20, 2010
Issue No. 82

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Engineering Library Has Kindles

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by Kathleen Gust

The Engineering Library has joined the ranks of campus libraries with Kindles (wireless reading devices) for checkout to the Stanford community. The Engineering Library Kindles are part of our initiatives to discover ways that library services can be made more flexible and accessible to users in the digital age.

Photos of Kindle, front and back

We currently have two Kindle 2 readers available as an alternative to some of the print books on course reserve and another pair with general interest "science" titles.

The reserve books will be updated each quarter to add new titles.

Approximately 30 other books are loaded on the circulating Kindles and the library has a new Kindle page on our Web site to show the content on the readers.

The Engineering Library Kindles are listed in both Socrates and SearchWorks. The Course Reserve Kindles do appear in the course reserve catalog for courses with books in Kindle format.

Users of the Kindles are asked to fill out a short survey form about using the device. These responses will help decide the success of this trial.