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Are electronic gadgets a mystery? What's the difference between an iPod and a Zune? What do you do when a patron brings in a laptop, an MP3 player, or a digital camera and wants to connect it to a ...

Are electronic gadgets a mystery? What's the difference between an iPod and a Zune? What do you do when a patron brings in a laptop, an MP3 player, or a digital camera and wants to connect it to a library computer or network? Why is that patron wandering around your library with a GPS unit? Check out what patrons might be bringing into your building and what it means for staff.

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Inspector Gadget:  gizmos at your library Inspector Gadget: gizmos at your library Presentation Transcript

  • Inspector Gadget Gizmos @ Your Library Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address]
  • Our investigation will include:
    • Gizmo basics
    • Popular types of gizmos
    • Gizmos in public libraries
    • Some things to think about
  • CAVEAT
  • Gizmo basics: What’s under the hood?
  • How much is how much? http://www.t1shopper.com/tools/calculate/
  • Storage
    • Flash memory
  • storage
    • Hard disk drive ( HDD )
  • How do they decide which to use?
    • #1 Storage needed
    • #2 Budget for storage
    • #3 Security & reliability
  • Form factor
  • Memory cards & sticks
  • USB
  • USB can be fun!
  • USB 3.0
  • It’s all about the Internet. Really .
  • Popular
    • types of gizmos
  • Portable/digital audio/media players
    • It’s not just about iPods
  • PMP
  • Zune
  • Zune Marketplace
  • iPod dynasty
  • iTunes
  • iPhone
  • Handheld game consoles
    • Much more than games!
  • Nintendo DS
  • PSP
  •  
  • Thumb/flash/jump drives
  • Ultra portables
  • GPS
  • Cell phones
    • More mobile phones on the planet than land lines
    • 3 times as many phones as PCs
    • Number of mobile phones equal to half the world's population
    • 90% of college students have mobiles
  • Gizmos at the library: Supporting our patrons
  • What are people doing with these gizmos, anyway?
    • Upload/download music & photos
    • Surfing the net
    • Checking email
    • Job-related tasks
    • Online courses & school work
    • Instant messaging
  • Supporting storage
    • Make USB ports accessible
    • Consider selling drives
    • Provide media readers
  • Supporting geocaching
    • Go to geocaching.com
    • Participate!
  • Supporting wifi
    • Provide it!
    • Power outlets
    • Seating near power outlets FTW!
  • Supporting cell phones
    • Focus on behavior, not gizmos
    • Cell-free zones
    • Deal with it
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • Attitudes
    • NO EXCUSES!
  • Petting zoos
  • Partnerships
  • Questions:
    • How much help?
    • How much money?
    • Do we need policies?
    • Are we “mobile-friendly?”
    • “ They are a part of the current reality of how people manage information and their lives.”
    Gadgets aren’t going away.
  • Questions?
    • Laura Solomon
    • [email_address]
    • IM: lebachai (all major IM networks)
    • Twitter: laurasolomon
    • Blogs:
    • Library Geek Woes
    • http://www.librarygeekwoes.com
    • What Does This Mean to Me, Laura?
    • http://www.oplin.org/meanlaura
    • FIND THIS PRESENTATION AT
    • http://www.slideshare.net/OPLIN