Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Technology in the New Library

The technology in the new Silver Spring Library is going to be one of the outstanding features of the building. As you approach the building, a large digital sign at the Wayne Avenue entrance will identify the building and announce upcoming events.  Of course, WIFI will be in the new building but a commercial grade router will improve response time and stability.  We expect WIFI users will notice the difference immediately.

On the third floor, the main library entrance, you will find the Digital Media Lab equipped with MACs and PCs with the latest software, set up to allow you to create and expand your learning experiences. While I am not able to name specific software or hardware choices; I know that those customers interested in digital photography will be pleased to find Photoshop and Adobe LightRoom for creating beautiful projects. 

We also plan to have a Tech Bar where we will demonstrate the various devices the library carries and to feature any new technologies in the marketplace. For example, if a customer needs help using the library’s free e-books, they can visit the Tech Bar, which will be equipped with comfortable seats, see a device demonstration, and ask questions in a supported environment.

The internal square footage of the library space is 60,000 square feet, three times our current size. Staff will use a product called Vocera to maintain communication across all three floors. As staff walk around and interact with customers, the Vocera voice recognition device will allow them to alert colleagues on other floors when assistance is needed. 

The  catalog computers customers use to locate materials will be touch screens. Customers looking for DVD movies will use the DVD media boxes on the third floor where there will be several boxes for dispensing these popular materials.

I am always available to answer questions that come up about the new library.

Fran Ware