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Internet of Things for Libraries

Mobile technology has made the Internet of Things (IoT) possible. With wifi powered light bulbs, thermostats we can control from our phone and devices that tell us how much energy we’re using in our homes/businesses the sky’s the limit. In this session Nicole Engard will walk you through what technologies are out there for your home and library. She will cover how to keep yourself secure and discuss future design ideas for the Internet of Things’ usefulness in our libraries.

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Internet of Things for Libraries

  1. 1. What Is The Internet of Things and How Can We Use It? Nicole C. Engard
  2. 2. Do you have any of these devices at home?
  3. 3. Internet of Things Connect to analog things around us in a digital way This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. Anything that can be connected, will be connected.
  4. 4. Smart Car
  5. 5. Connected Devices
  6. 6. Automation Because these devices are all connected to the Internet tools like IFTTT (If This Then That) can be used to make them talk to each other - or to automate specific actions
  7. 7. Do you have any of these devices in your library?
  8. 8. IoT in our Libraries While simple tools such as smart thermostats and light bulbs can be easily installed to save energy; right now most libraries don’t have the resources to make their libraries 100% smart The possibilities are endless though …
  9. 9. RFID Libraries are already using RFID for self checkout - but this technology can be used for so much more RFID can we used in conjunction with applications to make loanable materials Internet enabled “things” An RFID tag allows the the object to wirelessly communicate certain types of information - allowing libraries to provide information about the material to those with the proper handheld device/application
  10. 10. Popular Aisles Pressure pads under the floor could give the library a count of people browsing aisles in the library, helping with collection development and possible areas where improved signage might be required
  11. 11. “Grab” and Go Using motion sensors patrons can find something on a public terminal, “grab” it and put it on their phone Replacing the scraps of paper and tiny pencils for finding items in the library Kinect : kinectforwindows/
  12. 12. Motion Sensors
  13. 13. See Also Suggestions “Magic” mirrors could be added throughout the library that will be able to sense what title the patron is holding and … recommend other like materials mention related events in the library and around town give a sneak peak in to the book (reviews, images, etc)
  14. 14. Library Wearable Patrons could wear their “library card” to the library The wrist band could hold all pertinent information about the patron Scanning the band at self service stations could give the patron access to computers, their reading history, reading suggestions and more
  15. 15. Beacons iBeacon ( can be used to locate patrons in the library and offer suggestions for resources around them see: internet-of-things-plan-to-make-libraries-and-museums- awesomer Library conferences can use beacon technology to give attendees a more comprehensive experience see: ibeacon-technology-sxsw-2015
  16. 16. Staying Fit Start a fit club at the library for those with Fitbits (or other fit devices) - have a competition or start up an event to do book walks/ tours Use IFTTT to post Fitbit (or other fit device) status to a club page or as a tweet with a club hashtag
  17. 17. Accessibility Bring Talking (and Braille) Books to your patrons via their iOS device with BARD “The BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.”
  18. 18. Device Availability “[A] library with a 3D printer can set the device up to transmit to library servers when it is in use. The library can post this information as a feed to their website so that patrons interested in using the device can see when it is available. The data can even be recorded and analyzed to determine peak hours of use. Peak peak times can also to be displayed on the library website.”
  19. 19. Create an “Easy” Button is an ‘easy’ button for anything! Custom-branded cap with your logo and color Stand-alone solution, connectivity via built-in Mobile Data or Wi-Fi Integration to your systems via REST API
  20. 20. “Easy” Button
  21. 21. Internet of Things Search Thingful® is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers. Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources by geolocation across many popular Internet of Things networks
  22. 22. Your Imagination is the Limit Internet of Things is about more than “things” it’s about design and bringing the digital into the analog world Linked and Open Data are going to be key in our libraries Think outside the box and fiction can become reality … “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” – Arthur C. Clarke.
  23. 23. Ruby Slippers
  24. 24. What are your ideas?
  25. 25. References Bibliography: nengard/items/collectionKey/I52I6EQZ Tools: collectionKey/BZE43DIT Bookmarks: internetofthings
  26. 26. Product Image Links Magic Mirror: Amazon Dash: Automatic: Smart Umbrella: umbrella-davek/ Huggies Nappy Notifier: Intelligent Library Bookmark: project_co_show.asp?id=139
  27. 27. Product Image Links WeMo: wemo-home-automation/ Hue Lightbulb: Nest Thermostat: Smart Locks: Fitbit: Smart Weather Station:
  28. 28. Thank You Nicole C. Engard Slides: