Nearly every computer has a couple of USB (Universal Serial Bus) jacks that let you connect printers, scanners, external drives, and other perhipherals.
This standardized USB "A" plug is meant to make connecting devices quick and easy. Except it can be frustrating — you can plug the jack in only one way, and there’s no obvious way to tell which side is up. (Sure, some USB jacks display the USB logo on one side of the plastic, but not all of them.)
Here's the simple way to never insert a USB plug the wrong way again:
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: