After a discouraging start to my inquiry, I took a day or so off to think about my next approach. I knew I was going to have to look at the topic a little differently but was not sure where to go from there. I am very fortunate in that my mother is the LMS in the school where I work. She just bought five Nooks for her library so I decided to talk things over with her. After I got through explaining my frustration, my mom said she had a similar experience when trying to choose what e-readers to purchase. She dealt with this by coming up with a list of things she was looking for in an e-reader and then bought the option that most closely fit this list. What she ended up purchasing was the Nook Simple Touch.
Interviewing my mom gave me something to think about and I felt like I had a little more direction than when I started researching. I was ready to start looking for information again.
At this point, I decided to try using the bookmarking site Delicious to find some information on e-readers in school libraries. I stumbled upon a blog that was really helpful in reforming my topic question.The creator of the blog brought up the question "What is the purpose for the eReader or mobile device in my library, classroom, or school?" Reading this blog made me think that my research question should have less to do with specific products and more to do with how to choose an e-reader. How the e-reader will be used and its purpose in the library should be taken into account.
From there, I was able to find a website that gave me some good ideas on different questions to be asked when trying to decide on an e-reader.The website is not geared towards schools or school libraries but many of the topics would be applicable. For instance, librarians will need to decide whether they want the devices to be solely for reading or if they want students to have additional features like games and internet.
I also looked at a few articles from the School Library Journal and found a series of e-reader reviews in the form of YouTube Videos that were really interesting.