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Raspberry Pi 
An inexpensive computing solution 
for MPL’s OPAC
What’s a Raspberry Pi?
Why Pi? 
• A general purpose desktop ranges in price 
from $300-$600. 
• OPACs are only needed to browse the library’s 
ca...
Cost Breakdown – Two Choices 
Item Cost 
Raspberry Pi B+ $39.95 
Case $8.95 
8GB SD card (x2) $29.98 
HDMI cable $4.95 
VG...
Location 
We could 
ask Dominic 
to build us 
a shelf to 
secure the 
RP and 
cords. 
ADA 
accessible 
OPAC – 
currently 
...
Lake Whitney Public Library
Shaddow in the Library (AU)
White Plains Public Library
Locking them Down? 
• RPs have a built-in kiosk mode that can be turned 
on. They can be set up to go right into a full-sc...
But Linux! Code! Ahh! 
• The Raspberry Pi Foundation, who makes RP, 
is all about Education. 
• The original intention was...
What About Staff Time? 
• We should be able to get a RP set up and 
configured in about 4-8 hours. 
• This translates to $...
IT Support? 
• Ed is familiar with RP (he has two of them 
himself) so would be able to help 
troubleshoot if needed. 
• R...
What Else Could We Do? 
• Set up a retro gaming station for 
kids/teens/adults. 
• Digital Signage 
• Include a RP in a mi...
Summary 
• Adding additional endcap OPAC stations 
would be more financially reasonable with 
RPs, at roughly $100 per com...
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Raspberry Pi: OPACs at Messenger Public Library

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My proposal presentation for using Raspberry Pis to add additional OPACs to the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora.

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Raspberry Pi: OPACs at Messenger Public Library

  1. 1. Raspberry Pi An inexpensive computing solution for MPL’s OPAC
  2. 2. What’s a Raspberry Pi?
  3. 3. Why Pi? • A general purpose desktop ranges in price from $300-$600. • OPACs are only needed to browse the library’s catalog – a lot of the features on a GP desktop are unnecessary. • Raspberry Pis (RPs) have a base cost of approximately $39, and can be outfitted with cables and case for under $100.
  4. 4. Cost Breakdown – Two Choices Item Cost Raspberry Pi B+ $39.95 Case $8.95 8GB SD card (x2) $29.98 HDMI cable $4.95 VGA to HDMI $18.95 adapter WiFi Dongle $8.50 Power Supply $7.95 TOTAL $119.23 Item Cost CanaKit – includes Raspberry Pi B+, Case, Power Supply, WiFi adapter, HDMI cable, and 8GB SD card $59.99 8GB SD card $14.99 VGA to HDMI $18.95 adapter TOTAL $93.93 ALREADY HAVE SD Card Reader  Monitor (VGA)  Keyboard  Mouse When smaller projectors get upgraded, we will have 2 VGA/HDMI adapters
  5. 5. Location We could ask Dominic to build us a shelf to secure the RP and cords. ADA accessible OPAC – currently only really have in YSD.
  6. 6. Lake Whitney Public Library
  7. 7. Shaddow in the Library (AU)
  8. 8. White Plains Public Library
  9. 9. Locking them Down? • RPs have a built-in kiosk mode that can be turned on. They can be set up to go right into a full-screen browser. • Create a user login so that patrons can’t access the root login. • Physically secure RP using whatever apparatus we use to house the user peripherals - make an “outer case” to secure board and cords, while still making it accessible for staff to do troubleshooting.
  10. 10. But Linux! Code! Ahh! • The Raspberry Pi Foundation, who makes RP, is all about Education. • The original intention was to make a small, affordable computer so kids could learn how to code. • This means there are tons of articles, blog posts, and forums on how to set up and troubleshoot your Pi.
  11. 11. What About Staff Time? • We should be able to get a RP set up and configured in about 4-8 hours. • This translates to $69.44-$138.88 worth of staff time (VS Librarian). • This is still cheaper than having our IT perform the set-up.
  12. 12. IT Support? • Ed is familiar with RP (he has two of them himself) so would be able to help troubleshoot if needed. • RPs is run on Linux, so anyone with an understanding of Linux should be able to do tech support.
  13. 13. What Else Could We Do? • Set up a retro gaming station for kids/teens/adults. • Digital Signage • Include a RP in a mini maker-space. • Programs (run by http://workshop88.com/ - they did one for St. Charles)
  14. 14. Summary • Adding additional endcap OPAC stations would be more financially reasonable with RPs, at roughly $100 per computer. • Would be “just enough” computer to serve the necessary purpose. • Plenty of “how to” out there to help us along in getting set-up. • Potentially for expanding to replace the plasma screen computer.

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