Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library--eEditions e-book

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$33.00
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$ 29.70
Item Number: 
7400-8094
Published: 
2010
Publisher: 
ALA TechSource
Pages: 
36
Format: 
eBook
  • Description
  • About the Authors

We live in the age of cell phones, iPads and netbooks, where gadgets are everywhere, and many people use one at nearly every waking moment. The newest gadgets don't often come cheap, and a poor investment can be costly for an institution like a library.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, eminent blogger and library technology expert Jason Griffey provides a comprehensive guide to the present and future of modern gadgets, and how they can fit in to any librarian's plan for a high-tech future. From e-readers to cameras and audio recorders to the iPad, Jason provides insight into what these devices can do, how much they cost, and how librarians can use them to enhance their facilities and service.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Electronic Book Readers
    • Sony eReaders
    • The Kindle
    • The Nook
    • eReaders slated for future release
  • Personal Multimedia Devices for Capturing and Consuming
    • Video Capture Devices
    • Audio Capture Devices
    • Personal Scanners/ Text Capture Devices
    • Personal Multimedia Devices
  • The iPad
  • Odd or Unusual Gadgets
    • Chumby
    • The Sony Dash
    • Nabaztag
    • Maker culture and "open source" hardware

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is a librarian, technologist, consultant, writer, and speaker. He is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofits. Griffey is an Affiliate researcher at metaLAB at Harvard University, and a former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was a winner of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries in 2015 for the Measure the Future project, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. Griffey is also the creator and director of the LibraryBox Project, an open-source portable digital file distribution system. He has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.