The session attendees, at least those that spoke up, wanted to learn more about using E-readers in a library setting; specifically loaning E-readers to patrons. The questions were numerous and for most the questions there did not seem to a definitive answer.
Some questions focused on the E-readers themselves; which is better: Nooks, Kindles, Android tablets, MAC tablets, or something else all together. The answer to these questions was basically that all of the major company E-readers had pros and cons and to determine the needs of your patrons in relation before buying.
More questions were asked about the electronic books themselves. Should each E-reader have books pre-loaded that stay on that reader. Should the books be stored elsewhere (on a server or desktop computer), and be loaded onto the E-reader at checkout? How many times can the book be read before it needs to be repurchased? I’m not sure what the final answer ended up as for these!
The topic that came up over and over again was the uncertainty of the legal aspects of all of these questions. Some libraries have already purchased E-readers and are lending them to patrons using all of the above models and are feeling the way as they go.
There are many issues both ongoing and coming in the future with lending E-readers from libraries. I think there will be many models for loaning E-readers and many changes that will take place before all the issues are solved.