Florida: Miami-Dade Public Library Converts Old Bookmobile Into Modern Technobus
From the Miami Herald:
To accommodate a generation that prefers to read on their devices rather than hardcovers or paperbacks, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System has converted one of its old bookmobiles into a mobile computer lab.
The Technobus, a mobile computer lab, features a 3D printer, 11 workstations for classes and a wide variety of software including all Adobe Creative Cloud applications, such as Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom. The bus also houses a Phantom IV drone, which is used to help make movies with aerial footage, Macbooks and a variety of laptops. The Technobus runs four days a week and there is a librarian always on board. The bus is also ADA-compliant.
Classes are offered in digital photo editing, music production, videography and graphic design.
The bus cost approximately $300,000 to be retrofit with all the new technology.
About Gary Price
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.