Notebook Computers: To Buy or Not?
McAdoo, Monty L., American Libraries
To buy or not to buy truly is the question for librarians considering the purchase of notebook computers. These tips are based on our experience at Mansfield University, where we've had notebook computers available for our 3,000 students for more than six months.
Quality vs. quantity. Budgetary limitations mean most libraries must decide whether to purchase a smaller number of better-quality units or a greater number of lower-quality units. The former means less maintenance and downtime, but the latter provides more access for patrons.
At Mansfield, we opted for the latter; but in retrospect, given the sheer volume of usage we've experienced (our 50 notebooks will have …
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Publication information: Article title: Notebook Computers: To Buy or Not?. Contributors: McAdoo, Monty L. - Author. Magazine title: American Libraries. Volume: 28. Issue: 8 Publication date: September 1997. Page number: 84. © 1984 American Library Association. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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