College libraries have increasingly defined themselves as all-purpose information technology resource centers. Georgia Tech lends computers, cameras, and other electronics to students and professors—and provides a briefing by its instructional technology associate on how to use the devices.
Colgate University lends drones to serious researchers, after carefully vetting their credentials. North Carolina State University’s website recently announced that pairs of Google Glass would be available for check-out. More and more university libraries are making “mundane” technology items like iPhones and other cell phone chargers available.
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