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How a library can stay on top of consumer technology by purchasing techie toys for their library

How a library can stay on top of consumer technology by purchasing techie toys for their library

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Tinkering in the Techie Toybox: Staying on top of Consumer Technology Tinkering in the Techie Toybox: Staying on top of Consumer Technology Presentation Transcript

  • flickr.com/photos/toymaster/491821159/ Tinkering in the Techie Toybox: Staying on Top of Consumer Technology David Lee King davidleeking.com Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/musashi2000/3640352591/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimitrijvolcov/3582337614/in/pool-19253565@N00
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/loran/3497205276/in/pool-timbuk2
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephiestephie/3612505217/in/pool-19253565@N00
  • What is a Techie Toybox? flickr.com/photos/tubedesign/2131802578/
  • What is a Techie Garage aka Gadget Toybox? aka Technology Petting Zoo
  • Topeka’s Techie Toybox
  • a bit of history... Jan 2007: Friends gave us $10,000 I asked staff for ideas purchased in the Fall
  • What did we buy?
  • flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/2232535957/
  • flickr.com/photos/saravanan07/2830487624/
  • flickr.com/photos/stevekeys/2094104968/ Success so far! Our toys are getting used we’re making media Next Steps - buy more toys
  • Success so far! Our toys are getting used we’re making media Next Steps - buy more toys assuming there’s $$$
  • What are other libraries doing? flickr.com/photos/thepma/2998043913/
  • Princeton Public Library’s Gadget Garage princetonlibrary.org/research/techcenter/ gadgetgarage.html
  • Massachusetts Library Association created a tech petting zoo hardware & software demos loaned equipment during the conference
  • Webjunction list
  • flickr.com/photos/mybloodyself/325718307/ Island of MisFit Toys
  • What if we have no money? flickr.com/photos/s3a/2314898971/
  • start small
  • http://flickr.com/photos/bidari/2969429885/ http://flickr.com/photos/monta/78744330/
  • Why?
  • Keeps staff current
  • Training opportunities
  • New Services!
  • participate!
  • What gadgets does your library have?
  • thank you! davidleeking.com