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HHH: 24-Hour Outdoor Kiosk

I recently had the chance to interview Dauna Campbell, Library Director of Harlingen Public Library, about her library’s new 24-hour outdoor kiosk. Today’s highlight: 24-hour outdoor kiosk What is the kiosk exactly? If you can imagine a Redbox for a library, that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a machine that holds 340 items, and…

HHH: Hodgepodge

Howdy, y’all! It’s the Halloween edition of Henry’s High-Tech Highlights, and I am here to heap a hefty hoard of handy hyperlinks to heighten your happiness, hopefully. A hodgepodge, if you will. Today’s highlight: A variety of emerging technologies of interest to libraries. A Palm-size Robot Pet that Helps Teach STEM Meet Petoi Bittle, an…

HHH: Ghastly Gadgets

Not that long ago, gadgets were something we associated with a far-flung future straight out of science fiction. We imagined people in this distant time using special mechanical pocket-sized devices to perform their daily tasks, like wrist-watches with two-way tv/radio, or handheld computer scanners that could reveal the secret information embedded all around us. And then…

HHH: Discord and Twitch

Even before the pandemic closed our buildings, necessitated social distancing, and gave sudden prominence to our online offerings and services, many libraries had already ventured into less familiar digital territories to explore new ways to connect with and build their communities. They did so to reach the underserved, those in the community who were either…

HHH: Drones

Back in late summer of 2019 (remember those halcyon days?), I noticed that May 2, 2020 was ‘International Drone Day’. So I planned a Henry’s High-tech Highlight post for this week on that topic.  The world is in a different place now than when I penciled that into my calendar. But as the week of…

HHH: Virtual Branch

If your library has a website, you’ve got a virtual, or digital, branch. So what happens when all the library’s buildings are closed, the books are locked away on their shelves, the computers and printers are shut down, and the staff are sent home? Is the library gone? Is it really closed? There may be…