Over these past few months we have been working hard to find ways to streamline our systems to make things more convenient for our members. One such project has involved our Emerging Tech Kits. Despite the pandemic, we still have had libraries borrow our tech kits in order to find creative ways to serve their patrons. One library used the AR/VR Kit to help put on a virtual program and teach augmented reality to their teens. Another made an interesting request to borrow just our 360-degree camera in order to provide online virtual tours for their library. As a result, we have decided to provide members with the opportunity to borrow individual technology devices so that you can meet the needs of your community in the most effective way. We are also working with libraries to present virtual emerging technology learning experiences for staff and patrons.
In addition, we have recently created a basic Podcast Kit. This kit comes with accessories including a webcam, tripod, wireless mic, mobile lighting and more for any mobile device or computer so that any library can stream or record programs. In a few weeks, we will be sending out a survey asking you about your future emerging technology needs so we can be better prepared to develop our next new Emerging Tech Kits. Our Classroom Kit, VR and AR Immersive Kit, and our Tablet Kit are all a result of valuable library staff input and requests, and we want to hear your insights again.
Last but not least, we have created a reservation module on our website for convenient booking of these kits. You simply go HERE
and click on the period for which you would like to reserve the kit.
We are excited about these changes and believe they will allow our members to conveniently borrow and use these kits in unique and valuable ways, well suited to your individual communities. As our libraries continue to adapt creatively during this time and beyond, we strive to do the same in order to continue serving our members with relevance and innovation.