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

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

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/musashi2000/3640352591/
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimitrijvolcov/3582337614/in/pool-19253565@N00
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/loran/3497205276/in/pool-timbuk2
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephiestephie/3612505217/in/pool-19253565@N00
  6. 6. What is a Techie Toybox? flickr.com/photos/tubedesign/2131802578/
  7. 7. What is a Techie Garage aka Gadget Toybox? aka Technology Petting Zoo
  8. 8. Topeka’s Techie Toybox
  9. 9. a bit of history... Jan 2007: Friends gave us $10,000 I asked staff for ideas purchased in the Fall
  10. 10. What did we buy?
  11. 11. flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/2232535957/
  12. 12. flickr.com/photos/saravanan07/2830487624/
  13. 13. flickr.com/photos/stevekeys/2094104968/ Success so far! Our toys are getting used we’re making media Next Steps - buy more toys
  14. 14. Success so far! Our toys are getting used we’re making media Next Steps - buy more toys assuming there’s $$$
  15. 15. What are other libraries doing? flickr.com/photos/thepma/2998043913/
  16. 16. Princeton Public Library’s Gadget Garage princetonlibrary.org/research/techcenter/ gadgetgarage.html
  17. 17. Massachusetts Library Association created a tech petting zoo hardware & software demos loaned equipment during the conference
  18. 18. Webjunction list
  19. 19. flickr.com/photos/mybloodyself/325718307/ Island of MisFit Toys
  20. 20. What if we have no money? flickr.com/photos/s3a/2314898971/
  21. 21. start small
  22. 22. http://flickr.com/photos/bidari/2969429885/ http://flickr.com/photos/monta/78744330/
  23. 23. Why?
  24. 24. Keeps staff current
  25. 25. Training opportunities
  26. 26. New Services!
  27. 27. participate!
  28. 28. What gadgets does your library have?
  29. 29. thank you! davidleeking.com

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