Yesterday was the first ever Digital Learning Day. It was a day to learn and teach about digital media and technology with an emphasis on trying something new. The Fayetteville Free Library put together a display table showcasing all of our circulating devices, new databases, and all the digital and technological services offered that patrons may not have been aware of already. The table was placed so that patrons were met by the DLDay display as soon as they walked in the door.
Our library regularly offers a special service called Tech Time which is a one on one appointment with a librarian to ask about any technology questions patrons may have. Usually this is something like learning to use a new e-reader or computer program. These Tech Time appointments are very popular and are fully booked at least 4 weeks in advance. One goal of our DLDay table was to give patrons a walk-up all-day open Tech Time. In the four hours that I spent manning the table with the librarians, I showed patrons how to download e-books from Overdrive, explained the various types of e-book readers we circulate and the differences between them, introduced many patrons to our new Mango Languages service, exchanged friendly anecdotes about digital and analog technologies, and basically had a great time geeking out with people who were interested in learning about technology.
My favorite experience was when a man walked in the door to the library and when I greeted him with, “Happy Digital Learning Day!” was told that he bought his first smart phone today. I was able to give him one of the bookmarks we had put together for DLDay with our top ten recommended free apps and he was really excited. There was also a young boy who became entranced with our new Playaway View devices so much so that he completely ignored the iPad on the table.
I learned how to use the Kindle Fire. I tried to check out an e-book using the web browser on a black and white Kindle and almost succeeded (failed because it doesn’t allow multiple web browser windows). I heard a funny story about “analog technology.”
What new technology have you tried?