San Francisco Public Library Eyes Laptop-Lending Kiosks
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The library wants to earmark $99,500 in its upcoming budget to purchase three laptop lending kiosks that would boost the number of available computers and remove the human element from the current system where librarians check out portable computers to patrons for inside use. The kiosk pilot program would start in July if the funds are approved.
I’m a little skeptical of it,” Commissioner Larry Kane said. “I’d rather have, instead of $100,000 for kiosks, 20 or 30 more laptops.”
But the library says it’s a worthwhile investment to a growing laptop lending program that has six laptops available at each of the 27 branch libraries, except for the main library. Michael Liang, the library’s chief information officer, said limited availability of desktop computers and laptops are a top complaint, and he wants to double the number of laptops in the near future.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.