CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer

CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer

Awhile back, I saw @flexlibris of the Library Freedom Project talking about the Kilton Library in Lebanon, NH that  had all of their catalog computers on Raspberry Pi computers and all of their PAC on Linux. I thought this was brilliant. Why have SO much computer when you are only accessing the catalog? Then I saw this:

This is a Kickstarter for a $9 dollar computer called CHIP. It closes at 9am on June 6th… in 2 hours. They had a goal of raising $50,000. As of this morning, they had just under 40,000 backers and had raised $2,060,930!!!

My mind spins thinking of all the ways such inexpensive computers could be used. In libraries, these could replace all of your catalog computers. And self-checkout with an RFID reader? And programming?! I just finished purchasing laptops that could be used with WeDo kits for robotics programming… This would have let us purchase so many more kits! I can’t wait to see how these work… and how they could change everything!


Upcoming ILS webcast from American Libraries

My goodness, I am such a nerd. Past midnight last night I was up late reading about Z39.50 and Dublin Core for the Public Library User Experience MOOC I am participating in. This morning I am up early reading articles about UX. And today is my birthday.

Never having worked with the technical aspects of ILS systems I have found this week’s module on library technology very interesting. It is extremely basic, but that works for me. Then I found this upcoming free webcast from American Libraries about Integrated Library Systems by automation expert Marshall Breeding. I have been exploring his website a lot lately looking at ILS system usage by library for the MOOC. I have been reading his site’s RSS for quite some time but now perhaps it will be more meaningful for me.

Are you the person tasked with planning for, upgrading, or monitoring performance for your library’s integrated library systems?  Mark your calendar to check out an upcoming American Libraries Live webcast,  “Integrated Library Systems”, May 14 at 1:00pm Central time.

Long-time library automation expert Marshall Breeding will lead a panel discussing what’s new and hot in the library automation industry.  Breeding is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides on, authored the annual system reports for Library Journal for many years, and is a regular contributor on technology topics for American Libraries magazine.

This latest installment of American Libraries Live webcasts is free, and you can pre-register here to get an email reminder, or just go to at the time of the live webcast to view the event.

via Integrated Library Systems Are Topic of Next American Libraries Live Webcast | Library Developments.


Texas State Library provides free IT workshops for rural public libraries

TSLAC is doing face-to-face workshops designed specifically for small and rural public libraries around Texas this month. I particularly love their logo and workshop name: You Can Do I.T. Clever! The schedule for upcoming workshops is below.

Coming up soon:

4/1/2015 : Andrews (Andrews County Library)
4/2/2015 : Rocksprings (Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library)
4/20/2015 : Saginaw (John Ed Keeter Public Library)
4/21/2015 : Canton (Van Zandt County Public Library)
4/23/2015 : Alpine (Alpine Public Library)
Here are photos of our recent workshop hosted at the wonderful Llano Library (Thanks to Tommi Myers for the pic):

And to give you a feel for Carson’s skills, here’s a video of his TEDx Talk on libraries a couple years back:

via I.T.’s a hit! | Library Developments.

Library consultant Carson Block is conducting the training. Here is a TedTalk he gave on libraries.


iBeacons and the Library | David Lee King

I just ran across a post from DLK about libraries using ibeacons, a device that uses Bluetooth to send information to smartphones within a certain proximity. Library industry companies Bluubeam and Capira Technologies are using ibeacons.

Bluubeam sends out location-based messaging. For example, if you walk into the teens area of the library (and have the Bluubeam app on your mobile device), you might get a message about what’s happening in the teen section that day, or get a message about an upcoming teen event.

So think location-based promotion of events and your stuff.

Capira Technologies does location-based messaging.

My first thought were privacy issues (not to mention annoying-the-crap out of people issues). But the BluuBeam website says that they don’t collect any personal information and that to use the service people would need to opt in by getting their app first.

My mind couldn’t help but race with all of the possibilities. Then I kept reading and DLK went there with me. He goes on to list many great ideas but the one I had already started formulating was this:

Around-town tours. I’d love to see iBeacons connected to a historical walking tour, for example. This has the potential to be much better than portable headsets, and definitely better than QR codes.

There is so much history in Austin. It would be fantastic if the Austin Public Library and the Austin History Center would put together a walking tour using this to share information about each spot. How much would this cost? After initial set up and possibly a monthly charge for the service from Bluubeam, it would be a wonderful service for little effort, I would think. I didn’t see pricing information.

What other services could we provide using this kind of technology?
via iBeacons and the Library | David Lee King.