Monday, February 11, 2013

Mantor Monday - Welcome to the Zoo

That's right, the Mantor Library now has a Petting Zoo.
(And if I just opened childhood wounds involving camel spit or Shetland ponies nursing a deep hatred for all mankind, I apologize. Relax: this is NOT that kind of  petting zoo.)

The Technology Petting Zoo is a collection of five of the most popular personal technology devices on the market today: tablet  computers and electronic readers. We realize that comparison shopping among the different devices can be confusing. Learning to use them, for some, seems a little intimidating.  They all have different functions and features, and just as importantly, they all feel differently in your hands. If you're in the market for new technology, how do you know which one you'll like best? Get it wrong, and you've just made a very expensive mistake.

That's where we come in.  The Petting Zoo consists of an iPad, a Kindle Fire Tablet, a Nook Tablet, and Kindle and Nook eReaders.

UMF students, faculty, and staff can check out our devices at the Access Services desk, and use them in the library. All of the devices have been pre-loaded with content: books, audio books, games, apps, etc. A user's guide has been downloaded to each - and just to make it extra user-friendly, we've also included print user's guides. You can use all of the devices to compare feel and features - we've made it worry free. And if you have questions about any of our Zoo critters, we've put together a Libguide with more information and resources. You'll find it here.

So please, be our guest at the Technology Petting Zoo. We're here to prove that technology doesn't bite.

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