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50 minute Webinar on the NEKLS Tech Toy Box gadgets with Sharon Moreland, Northeast Kansas Library System.

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  • Purchased in October 2010 for use by libraries for staff development and programming. Includes: snowball mic, flip video camera, logitech webcam, creative zen video mp3 player, ipod touch, Kindle, nook, nook color and ipad Staff meetings, discussion of ebooks in libraries, show/tell and opportunity for hands-on experience with devices patrons are bringing into the library. Tech open house with public - chance to compare, see how they work with OverDrive, familiarize the curious… Open houses at Atchison, Horton and Louisburg - handouts a plenty available Staff Show and Tells in Dec (Hiawatha & Seneca), Jan (Bonner), Feb (Osage County), Mar (Ottawa) Heather in Silver Lake, Claudia in Baldwin City, in Louisburg on Tuesday. Future: Spring Assembly, Tongie on April 26 and Emporia in June
  • Microphone for Podcasting - LaCygne library is recording and storing podcasts on podcast-o-matic of locals. - Local history project | Poetry slam | Interviews | Bands - Use free Audacity (win) or Garage Band (mac) software Logitech USB Webcam - requests to use Skype or tinychat or other video / desktop-conferencing - sets on monitor FLiP camcorder - film events, speakers, storytime - download by flipping up USB, plug into computer. Built in software. Cisco stopping production b/c of low earnings - “done in by general purpose smartphones” and lack of “realtime social networking” according to Wired article out this week, “Why Cisco’s Flip flopped in the camera business.”
  • PC version of the iPod - 8GB video MP3 player with built in speaker, FM radio, stores 2,000 songs or 30 hours of video, plus photos. Works with OverDrive or you can just copy music files to it via a USB connector Being overtaken by “general purpose smartphones.”
  • Smartphones - Blackberry, Google Android and Apple iPhone - purchase software ‘apps’ that do everything from mimic a light saber to serving as an ereader (but, more about that later). Apple - iTunes store - works with both a PC or Mac ‘base station’ $229 wifi (or $50 phone with expensive ATT phone plan…), 8GB of storage space music player, web browser, eBook reader, camera, HD video camera, tv and video player, etc., etc., etc. Overdrive Media Consule app - free, associate it with your Adobe Digital ID and the Kansas Virtual Library - seamless eBook reading and audiobook listening
  • eBooks - text and image-based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other devices. Files include: .pdf, .epub., .txt (all basic info and definitions courtesy of Wikipedia) while eReaders are devices that read eBooks. Some only read eBooks, others read eBooks, surf the web, play music, games, etc. ** Gizmodo says ereaders are already on the verge of extinction, to be replaced by tablets and other mulit-functional devices. Smartphones as eReaders - Free Kindle app on my iPhone, bought a few romance novels, bought a few more, pre-ordered, Julia Quinn story. Nook, kindle, stanza, iBooks. Also work with Overdrive Media Consule app for seamless downloads from Kansas Virtual Library. LCD - Liquid Crystal Display - backlit screen, glare, eyestrain…but vivid video display. Transflective screens use eInk and ePaper - mimic real paper, have to have ambient light source, but can read in full sun. eInk Active Matrix - Out of MIT Media Lab - electronic paper uses black and white dots and magnets - think magna-doodle. “Unlike conventional backlit flat panel displays, electronic paper displays reflect light like ordinary paper.” - wikipedia Digital Rights Management - from what we’ve learned at the ebook summit, handheld librarian and ebooks and libraries webinar with Sue Polanka - DRM is evil. Adobe digital editions wraps DRM around the digital file to create artificial due dates and limit accessibility. Project Gutenburg books are DRM-free, while HarperCollins books die after 26 views. ** Big question - would you take one into the bathtub? No? Still a need for cheap paperbacks ;-)
  • Amazon Kindle - dedicated ereading device, has ‘experimental’ features of text to speech, web browsing (b/w weather radard) and mp3 player. Get content from or other free sources. Does not play nice with .pdfs $139 for wifi only, pay more if you want a data plan .azw file type. Not the standard of .epub. Proprietary format Features - change text size, orientation, browse the web, works like a keyboard/mouse and monitor, Long battery life, light weight (8.5 oz), blah blah from specs eInk Active Matrix - Out of MIT Media Lab - electronic paper uses black and white dots and magnets - think magna-doodle “ Unlike conventional backlit flat panel displays, electronic paper displays reflect light like ordinary paper.” - wikipedia Want to loan and borrow - Amazon allows 1 loan per book. facilitates this lending/borrowing. Some publishers don’t allow (like Avon/Harpercollins…argh)
  • Barnes and Noble Cost: $149 and $249 Formats: ePub, magazines, newspapers Features: mp3 players, photos, ePub and PDF formats, but not .amz. Nook color also supports .doc, .xls,. Ppt and mp4 video OverDrive: Both work with OverDrive, as glorified jump drives - connect to PC with a USB cable to interact with Adobe Digital Editions Web browsing: slow and steady wins the race - full touch screen v. partial touch screen Children’s books: Read alone, read aloud, landscape (nook color) Pros/Cons: full color, roving reference/low-cost quasi-tablet | slow, limited games, no “Marketplace” yet
  • Apple - iTunes store - wifi or 3G connectivity iPad is $499. iPad 2 is lighter, has 2 cameras to use Face to Face video-call feature and is faster (still $499) Tablet computer - eReader, Web browser, movies, videogames, interactive children’s books, Angry Bird, piano & guitar apps, drawing Cons: no flash, Office apps are expensive, touch keyboard, no USB
  • New tablets coming on the market, others already on the Extinction list. Rooting - remove the proprietary operating system and add a version of Android - careful b/c voids warranty (want to try on a nook) Notion Ink Adam - combines LCD and transflective into a Pixel Qi screen (India start-up) Viewsonic G-tab $300 competition to iPad - wifi. Google Android 2.2 operating system (Froyo - slightly older -current for tablets is 3.0 Honeycomb)
  • Nekls tech toy box

    1. 1. NEKLS Tech Toy Box E-readers, iPads, cameras and more! Tour Guide: Sharon Moreland Please run the audio set-up wizard (click Tools ---> Audio ---> Audio Set-up Wizard) to verify that your sound settings are configured properly.
    2. 2. Toy Box Basics <ul><li>Why do we have it? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in it? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you use it? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Lights, Camera, Action! <ul><li>Blue Snowball Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Logitech USB Web Camera </li></ul><ul><li>FLiP Camcorder </li></ul>
    4. 4. I Hear Music… <ul><li>Creative Zen Player - Video MP3 player/radio </li></ul><ul><li>Works with OverDrive </li></ul>Photo courtesy of CLF at
    5. 5. Sweet Music <ul><li>Smartphones </li></ul><ul><li>iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless/Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music, video, games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with OverDrive - eBooks and Audiobooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>App Store </li></ul></ul>Photo courtesy of vacekrae at
    6. 6. eReaders - eek, chic or geek? <ul><li>What are eBooks? </li></ul><ul><li>What is an eReader? </li></ul><ul><li>LCD v. Transflective screens </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Rights Management (DRM) </li></ul>Photo courtesy of jblyberg at Illustration courtesy of Tosaka at Wikimedia Commons
    7. 7. Kan I have a Kindle? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Formats </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>eInk </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    8. 8. Look a nook! <ul><li>Original nook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Touch screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eInk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OverDrive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nook color </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s books </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. iPad - Hi Tab! <ul><li>Tablet computer </li></ul><ul><li>Apple iPad </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul>
    10. 10. Tech Toy Box 2.0 <ul><li>What does the future hold for the Toy Box? </li></ul>
    11. 11. More, more, more <ul><li>eBook Summit Wrap up from Library Journal: </li></ul><ul><li>NEKLS eReader Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks in Kansas Libraries Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>COSLA: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Lybrarian notes on eBooks (Sharon’s blog): </li></ul>
    12. 12. May’s eBook Webinar: <ul><li>May 17 th </li></ul><ul><li>1:30 – 2:30 PM </li></ul><ul><li>COSLA: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>with Jo Budler </li></ul>
    13. 13. Future eBook Topics Poll <ul><li>Buying eBooks for your library and the eBook vendor market. </li></ul><ul><li>Free eBook sources online. </li></ul><ul><li>Adding eBook records to your library catalog. </li></ul><ul><li>Training patrons to access eBooks on their devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Open discussion on eBooks and libraries (no topic set). </li></ul>