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Inspector Gadget: gizmos at your library

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Are electronic gadgets a mystery? What's the difference between an iPod and a Zune? What do you do when a patron brings in a laptop, an MP3 player, or a digital camera and wants to connect it to a library computer or network? Why is that patron wandering around your library with a GPS unit? Check out what patrons might be bringing into your building and what it means for staff.

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Inspector Gadget: gizmos at your library

  1. 1. Inspector Gadget Gizmos @ Your Library Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address]
  2. 2. Our investigation will include: <ul><li>Gizmo basics </li></ul><ul><li>Popular types of gizmos </li></ul><ul><li>Gizmos in public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Some things to think about </li></ul>
  3. 3. CAVEAT
  4. 4. Gizmo basics: What’s under the hood?
  5. 5. How much is how much? http://www.t1shopper.com/tools/calculate/
  6. 6. Storage <ul><li>Flash memory </li></ul>
  7. 7. storage <ul><li>Hard disk drive ( HDD ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do they decide which to use? <ul><li>#1 Storage needed </li></ul><ul><li>#2 Budget for storage </li></ul><ul><li>#3 Security & reliability </li></ul>
  9. 9. Form factor
  10. 10. Memory cards & sticks
  11. 11. USB
  12. 12. USB can be fun!
  13. 13. USB 3.0
  14. 14. It’s all about the Internet. Really .
  15. 15. Popular <ul><li>types of gizmos </li></ul>
  16. 16. Portable/digital audio/media players <ul><li>It’s not just about iPods </li></ul>
  17. 17. PMP
  18. 18. Zune
  19. 19. Zune Marketplace
  20. 20. iPod dynasty
  21. 21. iTunes
  22. 22. iPhone
  23. 23. Handheld game consoles <ul><li>Much more than games! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Nintendo DS
  25. 25. PSP
  26. 27. Thumb/flash/jump drives
  27. 28. Ultra portables
  28. 29. GPS
  29. 30. Cell phones <ul><li>More mobile phones on the planet than land lines </li></ul><ul><li>3 times as many phones as PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Number of mobile phones equal to half the world's population </li></ul><ul><li>90% of college students have mobiles </li></ul>
  30. 31. Gizmos at the library: Supporting our patrons
  31. 32. What are people doing with these gizmos, anyway? <ul><li>Upload/download music & photos </li></ul><ul><li>Surfing the net </li></ul><ul><li>Checking email </li></ul><ul><li>Job-related tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Online courses & school work </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messaging </li></ul>
  32. 33. Supporting storage <ul><li>Make USB ports accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Consider selling drives </li></ul><ul><li>Provide media readers </li></ul>
  33. 34. Supporting geocaching <ul><li>Go to geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><li>Participate! </li></ul>
  34. 35. Supporting wifi <ul><li>Provide it! </li></ul><ul><li>Power outlets </li></ul><ul><li>Seating near power outlets FTW! </li></ul>
  35. 36. Supporting cell phones <ul><li>Focus on behavior, not gizmos </li></ul><ul><li>Cell-free zones </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with it </li></ul>
  36. 37. SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  37. 38. Attitudes
  38. 39. <ul><li>NO EXCUSES! </li></ul>
  39. 40. Petting zoos
  40. 41. Partnerships
  41. 42. Questions: <ul><li>How much help? </li></ul><ul><li>How much money? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need policies? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we “mobile-friendly?” </li></ul>
  42. 43. <ul><li>“ They are a part of the current reality of how people manage information and their lives.” </li></ul>Gadgets aren’t going away.
  43. 44. Questions? <ul><li>Laura Solomon </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>IM: lebachai (all major IM networks) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: laurasolomon </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs: </li></ul><ul><li>Library Geek Woes </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.librarygeekwoes.com </li></ul><ul><li>What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.oplin.org/meanlaura </li></ul><ul><li>FIND THIS PRESENTATION AT </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/OPLIN </li></ul>

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