When you post that your library will be closed for a holiday, remind patrons that although the building will be closed, they can still access all your library's online resources 24x7 during the holidays. For those who receive an eBook reader or tablet as a gift on Christmas Day, they can begin to download free eBooks right away!
Get ready to showcase your library's technology offerings during Teen Tech Week™. This year, TTW is March 8-14th and will be celebrated with a theme of "Libraries are for Making."
The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.
There are lots of ways your library can participate in Teen Tech Week: you can offer special programs or activities, or simply encourage teens and parents to come to the library and check out your tech resources.
Here are free toolkits to plan for TTW at your library:
If your library provides gadget "petting zoo" events to acquaint patrons with ebook readers, tablets, and other handheld devices, you'll want to take a look at TechSoup's Gadget Instruction post where you can get lots of great tips for providing one of your own, plus 3 library success stories you can learn from.
Haven't held a Gadget Petting Zoo yet? Here's what Techsoup's Crystal Schimpf says about the benefits of gadget instruction:
Many libraries offer training on specific gadgets such as e-readers, smartphones, and tablets, in an effort to help patrons access books and information more effectively. In a recent Pew study (Library Services in the Digital Age), 69% of adults said they would be "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to attend a "tech petting zoo" type event at their local library, so that they can test and toy with different devices. Offering gadget instruction can teach patrons how to use their device to download library materials, access library resources online, and improve their ability to find relevant and authoritative information from any location.
Note: if you're at a Winnefox library and want to hold a Gadget Petting Zoo event, contact me to borrow a WPLC Gadget Package. The Gadget Pack contains handheld devices, including an iPad, Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire, NOOK Simple Touch, and NOOK Color.
Here's a sample of what you'll find at TechSoup's Gadget Instruction:
Jennifer Birnel over at WebJunction wrote Fear Not the New Gadget where she provides the 9 basics you can master to navigate the variety of e-book readers and tablets your patrons need help with — no matter the make or manufacturer.
According to a November 14th New York Times article "Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers", in a recent Consumer Reports poll "10 percent of the adults surveyed said they planned to give an e-reader as a gift this year, up from 4 percent in 2009."