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Internet Bookmobile Presentation


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This powerpoint is from my presentation at the KDLA KY Bookmobile & Outreach Services conference held in Lexington, KY 8/31/09 - 9/01/09. I hope it can help other libraries with issues they may have, and I\'ll be happy to answer any questions you have as well!

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Internet Bookmobile Presentation

  1. 1. Reach Out Through the Internet: Taking the Library to Your Patrons Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator Making the Bookmobile an Internet Hotspot Do Transactions in Realtime! Coming Technologies Q & A
  2. 2. Who Am I? <ul><li>Technology Coordinator for the Goodnight Memorial Library. What the heck is that? </li></ul><ul><li>Hold an AAS in Computer Programming </li></ul><ul><li>On the job for two years </li></ul><ul><li>LAN Party article published in School Library Journal, April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Will be certified as a paraprofessional in October </li></ul><ul><li>Stop me at any time with questions! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goodnight Memorial Library Bookmobile
  4. 4. Getting the Internet on a Bookmobile <ul><li>Internet access is one of many keys to making a bookmobile stay relevant in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies available for Internet access in a moving vehicle – cellular, satellite and Wi-Max </li></ul><ul><li>Size matters! (Antenna size, that is.)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Terrain plays a major role in reception (why cell phone reception stinks!)‏ </li></ul>
  5. 6. Wish you were there?
  6. 7. Wi-Max Antennas
  7. 8. Giving the Internet to Bookmobile Patrons <ul><li>Higher bandwidth = better experience </li></ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi inside the bookmobile – cheap and doable </li></ul><ul><li>Carrier concerns – throttling, data plans, hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Netbooks great for this application, go with 10” for better usability </li></ul>
  8. 9. Bandwidth = Water Pipes Dialup ISDN older cell technology More Water Trickle for hours Bottom line, higher bandwidth = more data flow! DSL, Cable, 3G Cellular, Satellite Gush for Seconds
  9. 10. Transactions in Realtime! <ul><li>IT department will need to be involved here </li></ul><ul><li>Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) – easiest out for ILS vendor, slowest connection </li></ul><ul><li>VPN connection – difficult to set up, must be made secure manually, faster than RDC </li></ul><ul><li>Native application connection – depends on ILS vendor as to whether or not yours can do it, usually very secure, usually quickest connection </li></ul><ul><li>Security concerns </li></ul>
  10. 11. Coming Technologies <ul><li>Some are already out there, just not in great numbers in our region </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle, Sony and other eBook Readers </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone apps for Kindle format, PDFs, other document formats </li></ul><ul><li>Netbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile WiMax Internet service </li></ul><ul><li>4G/LTE cell phone service </li></ul>
  11. 12. eBook Readers Amazon Kindle Sony Reader eBook Reader Matrix -- LOTS to choose from!
  12. 13. iPhone Applications List of iPhone apps from MacWorld Magazine
  13. 14. Smart and Dumb Phone Apps <ul><li>Blackberry devices </li></ul><ul><li>Linux phones </li></ul><ul><li>Android phones </li></ul><ul><li>Sony W-series phones </li></ul><ul><li>On and on and upcoming ..... </li></ul>
  14. 15. Netbooks <ul><li>Netbook = small, lightweight laptop with a screen smaller than 12”, and no DVD/CD drive. </li></ul><ul><li>Great for traveling, classwork </li></ul><ul><li>Main drawbacks are tiny screens below 10”, no DVD/CD drive, small keyboards </li></ul><ul><li>As of today, OS choices limited to Windows XP and Linux, Windows 7 available after Oct. 22 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Netbook Examples MSI Wind
  16. 17. Example 2 Dell Mini 9 (left), Mini 10 (center), Dell Mini 12 (right)‏
  17. 18. RFID <ul><li>Radio Frequency IDentification will save much time and make your job easier </li></ul><ul><li>CAN be deployed on bookmobiles with little effort </li></ul><ul><li>Used with either cell, satellite, or Wi-Max technology to do realtime transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Cost can be a factor </li></ul>
  18. 19. Summary <ul><li>Bookmobiles are useful as Internet hotspots for rural patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Connection is fairly easy to accomplish </li></ul><ul><li>Transactions can be done in realtime </li></ul><ul><li>You WILL see new technology on the bookmobile, both from IT departments and patrons! </li></ul>
  19. 20. Contact Information <ul><li>Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Goodnight Memorial Library, 203 S. Main St., Franklin, KY (270) 586-8397 </li></ul><ul><li>Library Technology Blog at </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet me @GMLGeek </li></ul><ul><li>On Facebook </li></ul>