Beg, Borrow, Steal

Beg, Borrow, Steal: Adapting Cool Ideas for Your Library and Community
Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian | Jarrid Keller, Acting Deputy State Librarian, California

Scan the environment to find out what’s going on around you and what people are talking about and then think about how that could work at a library.

Digital Detox – camps to go off-line.
Digital Detox Zone at a concert in San Fran with acoustic music, board games, engaging with each other – balance between tech and non-tech. Digital Detox Zone or Night at the Library? Yoga, music, class.  (After winning a Board game raffle package from a gaming store in Warminster, I think that we will definitely explore having games, puzzles and other non-tech fun in our own Digital Detox Zone (aka Anna’s Corner)).

Microtech in a bracelet. Wear or collect library cards as a bracelet? Interact with touch screens at towers around the concert using the bracelet with info about you. Wearable technology. Fit bit, new galaxy watch, etc is a new trend. Baby RFID or NSF tech. Can books be more interactive? Have an interactive library? Endcaps with codes or tags that interact with a phone app? What virtual content would we provide?

What is the concept behind the technology? How do we get the content outside the walls?

Simple Process:

  1. Find something interesting
  2. Opportunity Hunt (Handout)
  3. Research and potential how to’s
  4. Action steps

Find Something Interesting – Library as a Community Think Space – Danish library puts ideas on a board and solicits feedback.

Opportunity Hunt – What’s is it? What’s there? What does it mean? How could library adapt, innovate, or create services around the concept?

Research – is someone already doing this? Fill an unmet need? What resources would you need? Potential partners? What more do we need to know?

Action Steps – Set goals, determine what needs to be done and start doing it

Disney Infinity play system – collect discs, create worlds, multi-player options, – I left at this point to go manage our payroll.  I think my staff would approve of this move. 😉

 

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