California: “Tech Toolbar” Opening at Cupertino Library
From the Cupertino Patch:
In the city that, after all, is home of Apple, you can now sidle on up to the “Tech Tool Bar,” believed to the first of its kind being rolled out at the Cupertino Library only, beginning Monday.
Patrons of the Cupertino Library will be able to try out the latest in these hand-held devices and learn to access the vast digital resources the County Library District provides.
“Think of it as a ‘genius bar on wheels,’” said Mark Fink, Cupertino community librarian. “We have a trained staff of volunteers, and a very snazzy portable display housing the latest tablet computers.”
The Tech Tool Bar, and its trained volunteer team, is believed to be a first in the country by the Santa Clara County Library District, the Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation.
The Tech Tool Bar strives to provide a non-commercial resource to help patrons not only try the devices but also learn to use the library on the go, outside of the walls of the building, said Bev Lenihan, a member of the Cupertino Library Foundation board.
The Tech Tool Bar came to life under the technical leadership of Megan Wong, Deputy County Librarian, Information Technology and Collection Development and a Tiger Team chosen to manage the complex project.
Read the Complete Article (A Few Similar Projects in Other Cities are Mentioned)
Learn More About the Tech Toolbar
See Also: Tech Toolbar Flyer (PDF)
The Cupertino Library is part of the Santa Clara County Library District
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