Mediasurfer offers self-service iPad checkout for libraries, an interview

January 26th, 2012 · by spolanka · 6 Comments

Last week while roaming the exhibit hall at the ALAMW conference in Dallas, Texas, I discovered Mediasurfer.  Mediasurfer offers self-checkout machines for iPads (and other tablet devices in the near future).  Users swipe a library card to borrow the iPad.  Upon return, the devices are returned to original settings.

If you’d like to know more about Mediasurfer, listen to the interview with Gary Kirk, President of Mediasurfer, and Jim Nelson, COO of Mediasurfer.  They provide many more details on the software, hardware, and services offered.

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  • 1 Will Robinson // Jan 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This is really cool. The recording talked about taking it home. I think ipads would need some serious reinforcement before they could survive too many patrons taking it home.

  • 2 spolanka // Jan 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Will, When I got a demo of the machine the actual iPad was encased in a hard plastic frame. It looked pretty durable. The screen was exposed, but the protective screen sheets could be added. A cover would be awkward though. Sue

  • 3 Will Robinson // Jan 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Well that might work pretty well if it protects it from a few drops.

  • 4 Joe Kurnin // Jan 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Is this really necessary, will there be SO MANY iPads that the staff can’t just give them out…really, technology for technology sake

  • 5 Hill Billyrarian // Jan 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Joe the question is: “What could your staff be doing that is more productive than checking out ipads.” How many back burner projects does your staff have building up? The other nice thing is how they are resetting browser history etc. That right there is worth it.

  • 6 Oliver // Jan 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    @Joe: We have a total of 10 iPads and it’s a no-brainer for staff to gove them out. We like to say some words to the lender too.
    @Will: We lent out more than 120 iPads alltogether and had so far no damages / losts