Technology has literally come a very long way, but it seems as if Drexel University has taking it one step further. Most schools offer vending machines for candy and beverages. But the college, in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia is introducing an iPad vending machine.
The iPad rental program will allow both students, as well as neighboring residents to Drexel University to check out an Apple iPad for as long as four hours. Back in 2013, Drexel did a similar thing where they allowed rental through a vending machine system for MacBooks.
For those of you concerned about security can rest assured that any information entered while using a rental iPad is automatically expunged once the device is returned to the kiosk.
“We see this partnership as building upon the success of the Free Library of Philadelphia Hot Spots and Neighborhood Library Computer Labs that bring computer access, classes and the Internet to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “The apps downloaded on the iPads have been specifically chosen to support the digital literacy needs for children, teens and adults.”
Obviously these iPads aren’t going to allow certain things and will be locked down to a certain extent as well. Librarians at the Free Library and Drexel University selected the apps installed on the iPads to be part of a suite of tools, including BrowZine, Hoopla digital, Mango Languages, Overdrive and Zinio. There will be some games, music and video editing apps available as well. The requirement for a rental is for a student ID card or library card may help with theft as a result.
We are exploring more opportunities to share technology via kiosks as well as new options for enriching the learning spaces where our Drexel University community engages with information.
It has been exciting to work with colleagues at the Free Library to think how tools might help our neighbors gain access to self-help training and practice discovery of information sources.”