The Hands-On eReader Labs project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2013).

For ongoing discussion about eReaders and eBook in libraries, please subscribe to the eReader-Labs email discussion list. Subscribe by sending an email to, or contact NTLP for assistance with your subscription.

August 2013:

Staff at the 10 participating libraries provided written and verbal updates and feedback to NTLP staff. Representatives from the 10 libraries meet with NTLP staff via to share input, provide library feedback, learn from one another and reach closure on the project. Judy and dona saw that all related information which might be useful to other libraries was made available via the NTLP website.

The collected materials from the eReader Labs project are available at

March 2013:

NTLP staff submitted to TSLAC the first report on the project.

February 2013 through August 2013:

Personnel at the 10 participating libraries provided one-on-one and group training for fellow library personnel  as well as on eReaders for members of the public.

February, 2013:

Presentation & References from eReader Training for Librarians presented by UNTHSC and NTLP

This training was created in December 2012 and updated in January 2013.  The information is technical and changes quickly.  Within 6 months this information will be out-of-date and should be reviewed and revised.

UNT Health Science Center Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library



eReader Comparison 
eReader Exploration  
Overdrive® Basics  
Free eBooks  
Best Practices

NTLP - Not Typical Library Partners

Petting Zoo Display

These are examples of the device data sheets that were used during the NTLP eReader Petting Zoo.  They provide a placeholder on the table while the device is being handled, help keep the devices from getting mixed up, and offer some basic information about the device.  The second page of each sheet has basic operating instructions for common tasks.



For photos from the 6 training events, see NTLP's Flickr collection and Facebook Page.


January, 2013:

Hands-On eReader Training

NTLP is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center Library for the hands-on training portion of the eReader Labs project.

The following trainings have been scheduled:

  • 1/8/2013, 9:00 AM, Jacksonville Public Library
  • 1/9/2013, 9:00 AM, The Colony Public Library
  • 1/9/2013, 1:30 PM, The Colony Public Library
  • 1/14/2013, 10:00 AM, Wichita Falls Public Library
  • 1/16/2013, 9:00 AM, Abilene Public Library
  • 1/22/2013, 9:00 AM, Grand Prairie Public Library

(For registration details, please see .)

These hands-on workshops are designed to train library staff so that they can then provide eReader training as library programs, library outreach, or one-on-one assistance to patrons.  Attendees will also be able to train other library personnel and library board members.

Staff from UNTHSC will facilitate the general training and, for the three devices distributed to participating libraries, specific hands-on training as well.  NTLP staff will facilitate the hands-on learning portion of the event: a petting zoo of over 20 eReader and tablet devices.

Topics and learning opportunities from this training include:

  • Reader comparison shopping
  • Hands-on eReader exploration
  • Learning OverDrive basics
  • Becoming familiar with sources of free and low-cost eBooks
  • Consideration of public library eBook policy & procedures documentation
  • Networking with other library personnel whose libraries are at various stages of eBook / eReader implementation

The trainers for these workshops are Mike Pullin and Teresa Dalston-Pullin. 

Mike Pullin has been a UNT Health Science Center (Ft. Worth) Systems Librarian since 2009 and has worked with library technology since 1982. Selected as a 2012 TALL Texas Leadership participant, Dr. Pullin has co-edited a book on Virtual Reference and presented at many conferences in the field of technology related to libraries.

Teresa Dalston-Pullin has been an ALA certified librarian since 1999. She has a diverse background as an applications engineer, instructional designer, technical researcher, library school instructor, and technical writer.  She earned a Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of North Texas while pursuing research in best practices in training for library staff.

November, 2012:

eReader Devices for Grant Participant Libraries

After reviewing the newly released devices, price changes, and availability of devices in the eReader market in recent months, and with a view to maximizing benefits to the libraries from the grant budget,  NTLP recommended the following set of 3 devices that would be received by each library participating in the grant-funded project:

Recommended Devices:

  • Amazon Kindle (An entry-level dedicated eReader device with a black and white
    e-Ink screen. This is not a touch-screen device; it operates with buttons. It is the
    current model of the basic Kindle that has been on the market for several years.)
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glow LIght (This is the latest model of
    the black and white e-Ink Nook dedicated eReader, with a lighted touchscreen.)
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Color (This is a low-priced multipurpose tablet-style
    eReader with a color LCD touchscreen. It can be used for web browsing, email, and
    apps in addition to use as an eReader.)

The recommended set was chosen to include the following:

  • 2 of the 3 most popular vendors of devices used for eBooks (The third is Apple, which was omitted from the original grant proposal for price reasons.)
  • Devices which have been available (in earlier versions) long enough that a significant number of patrons probably already own them
  • One of the recently released lighted e-Ink devices
  • A version of the Nook Simple Touch, which many libraries have chosen for use as a pre-loaded circulating device
  • Both dedicated black and white e-Ink devices and a color LCD multpurpose tablet-style device, to illustrate the basic differences between the two.

The participating libraries were given the option of choosing certain device substitutions if any of those would better tailor the collection to the community's interests and needs.  The suggested substitutions included the Kindle Keyboard, the Nook Simple Touch (without the Glow Light), the Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini, or Kobo Glo, the Sony Reader PRS-T2.


November, 2012:

Email List for Discussion of eReaders and Libraries

NTLP created an email list so that staff at the 9 libraries participating in the project - plus staff at any other libraries where there's interest - may help one another find answers to questions which probably will come up at some time in a librarian's eReader interactions with library patrons.

The email list is open to anyone interested, and is intended as a place where librarians can post questions, answers, tips and tricks - anything that will make it easier for library staff everywhere to help patrons access eBooks via any type or brand of eReader device.
For subscription information, see .

August, 2012:

eReader Labs Project Funded by TSLAC Grant

NTLP has been awarded an Impact Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for FY 2013. This grant will be used to provide an eReader Lab and related staff training to each of nine libraries in the combined area formerly served by Big Country Library System, Northeast Texas Library System and North Texas Regional Library System.

Each eReader Lab will consist of 3 devices, most likely a Kindle Fire, a Color Nook and a Sony Reader (or similar substitutions if any of the 3 brand models aren’t available at the time of  purchase), and will be used by participating libraries to provide hands-on training for the public, the Board, the Council / Commission, staff / volunteers and / or other community groups. NTLP will provide related training for representatives of the nine libraries at one site in each of the three former system areas.

Libraries wishing to participate are asked to read this overview and submit this online application by 11:45 p.m. Saturday September 22. Three libraries from each of the three former system areas will be selected and so notified by 5 p.m. Friday September 28.

Full Project Overview including responsiblities of participating libraries, responsiblities of NTLP, and project timeline

Online Application