Tinkering in the Techie Toybox: Staying on Top of Consumer Technology

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Do you have patrons asking if their MP3 players will work with your digital book collection? Trying to plug their digital cameras into your public computers to upload photos to Facebook? If so, you …

Do you have patrons asking if their MP3 players will work with your digital book collection? Trying to plug their digital cameras into your public computers to upload photos to Facebook? If so, you just might need a Techie Toybox.

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  • 1. Tinkering in the Techie Toybox: Staying on Top of Consumer Technology 11/14/2008 David Lee King Digital Branch & Services Manager Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • 2. What is a Techie Toybox?
  • 3. What is a Techie Toybox? aka Gadget Garage aka Technology Petting Zoo
  • 4. Topeka’s Techie Toybox
  • 5. A bit of history…
    • Jan 2007: Friends approved $10,000
    • I asked staff for ideas…
    • Purchased in the fall
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  • 7. What did we buy?
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  • 14. http://flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/2232535957/
  • 15. Success so far!
    • Our toys are getting used
    • We’ve been creating social media
    • Next steps – buy more toys
  • 16. What are other libraries Doing??
  • 17. Princeton Public Library’s Gadget Garage http://princetonlibrary.org/research/techcenter/gadgetgarage.html
  • 18. Massachusetts Library Association
    • Created a tech petting zoo
    • Hardware and software demos
    • Loaned equipment during the conference!
    http://mlamasslib.blogspot.com/2008/03/volunteers-needed-technology-petting.html
  • 19. Webjunction list
    • http://blog.webjunctionworks.org/index.php/2008/08/18/creating-a-technology-petting-zoo-webinar-recap/
  • 20. What if we have no money $$$ ?
  • 21. Start Small
  • 22. http://flickr.com/photos/bidari/2969429885/ http://flickr.com/photos/monta/78744330/
  • 23. Why???
  • 24. Keeps staff current
    • Allows staff to try out new gadgets
    • Community leaders
  • 25. Training Opportunities http://flickr.com/photos/prupert/68375339/
  • 26. New Services!
  • 27. Participate!
  • 28. Thank you! davidleeking.com