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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