Library Shift in Action

During the NEKLS Tech day panel discussion (after Michael Stephens’ way cool presentation), we were talking about time limits on computers. Someone stood up from a very small library – they have four public computers.

Here’s what she said:
We had a bunch of kids wanting to play Runescape, and some grown-ups coming in during lunchtime to check email (who couldn’t get on the computers). So we designated one of the computers as a 10 minute, express PC. That way, the grown-ups could check email and the kids could still play games.

Did you notice something even slightly interesting in that comment? The OPAC wasn’t mentioned. Library databases weren’t mentioned. Even the library’s website (egad!) wasn’t mentioned. It was games and email. At a library.

Times are changing.