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FIMS Student Conference 2012 Presentation. On the benefits of using gadgets to improve the digital literacy skills of your community and staff.

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Benefits of Gadgets in Public Libraries

  1. 1. The Benefits of Gadgets in Public Libraries FIMS Student Conference 2012 Saturday, June 23 Sarah Felkar, MLIS Candidate
  2. 2. Outline• What is a Gadget?• eBooks and Literacy• Digital Literacy• Library Projects• Community Needs• Budgets• Final Thoughts
  3. 3. What is a Gadget?• Electronic Device with a specific function From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/factoryjoe/311388123/
  4. 4. eBooks and Literacy“Middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months of using an e-reader."
  5. 5. eBooks and Literacy
  6. 6. Digital Literacy This is the key issue!
  7. 7. Digital Literacy What is it?Issues of:• Computer Skills & Access Issues• Issues of Authorship• Issues of Representation• Online social responsibility(from http://mediaedlab.com/2012/06/14/defining-digital-literacy/)
  8. 8. Digital Literacy CLAs Position Statement on Information and Communication Technology• Access to Networks• Access to Information Literacy• Open Access to Information• Freedom of Expression• Privacy
  9. 9. Digital Literacy and Gadgets?• Tools for achieving digital literacy• Tools that enable access to society• Addressing (some of) the digital divide
  10. 10. What are Libraries doing? • Lending eReaders • Providing eBooks
  11. 11. What are Libraries doing? • Gadget Labs • Mobile libraries • Tech HelpFrom: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/06/library-services/meet-the-bookless-mobile/
  12. 12. What are Libraries doing? Hackerspaces & MakerspacesFeaturing: 3D printing, Skype, music and video editing, computer programming From: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/10/143401182/libraries-make-room-for-high-tech-hackerspaces
  13. 13. Arduino Starter Kits Learn to program and code!Learn more through OLITA:http://accessola.org > OLITA > Technology Lending Library
  14. 14. What are Libraries doing?Energy Meters• Lent out for patrons to use to calculate their energy use.
  15. 15. What arent Librariesdoing?• o Phones o more tablets o MP3 players (different from playaways) “Personal Electronics are Personal” -Jason GiffeyWhy arent we lending personal devices?
  16. 16. What are Libraries doing? What have you heard of/seen done?
  17. 17. Community Needs• Consider where your community is at.• Ask & listen to what they need.• Know how that fits with your librarys mission.
  18. 18. Community Needs• Everyone has their own gadgets• We have a digital divide• People are just starting to ask questionsScenarios:
  19. 19. DemonstrationsA gadget petting zoo&Demonstration EventsTwo activities that can solve multiple issues at once-
  20. 20. Staff Training• Download an eBook• Turn on/off navigate most (if not all) devices• Find and use troubleshooting resources• Have an awareness of available staff expertiseEveryone working in a library should be able to:
  21. 21. Staff TrainingKnowledgeable staff can then:•Use tablets in reference•Use devices for registering patrons at events•Take the Petting Zoo on the roadand...Better meet the needs of your community
  22. 22. Budget Impact Images_of_Money From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5857913848/
  23. 23. Budget Impact• Consider pilot projects with one time costs.• Find out if Digital Literacy initiatives are part of your strategic plan- if so ensure that some projects make it into the planning cycle.
  24. 24. Final ThoughtsPublic Libraries dealing with gadgets is really about:• Access to information• Digital Literacy
  25. 25. Final ThoughtsIt isnt a question of "should you" but a question of "what" and "how".And...
  26. 26. Questions?Email: sfelkar@uwo.caTwitter: @SarahFelkar
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