Technology Lending: The Wave of the Future
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Technology lending – digital cameras, camcorders, iPads, even Playstation 4s – is becoming an important part of Access Services. In the spring of 2012 a conscious decision was made to ramp up the technology the Clemson University Libraries loaned to students, faculty, and staff. That initiative was based on the rapidly changing patron needs in academic libraries, and Clemson is attempting to stay ahead of the curve. This presentation will cover why and how the Technology Lending program at Clemson began and how it has evolved and grown. Important factors of maintaining a technology lending program will also be discussed including marketing, funding, policies, maintenance and upkeep, training staff and students, and adding to the collection.