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Gadget Graveyard



Remember my library’s techie toybox? What happens when those gadgets are new no more? Check this article out (found via vBSetup): Gadget Graveyard: 10 Technologies about to go extinct.

Here’s their list:

  • landline phones (ok, my family still has this – check back with me in another year or so)
  • floppy disks (my kids once asked me “what’s a floppy disk, dad”? I stared at them a sec, then realized they had never seen one. Time flies!)
  • wristwatches (don’t wear one – that’s what my iPhone’s for! and the computers I stare at all day)
  • VHS Tape and VCRs (yep – still have these, too)
  • Beepers (iphone again – the beeper is no longer needed)
  • Film Cameras (haven’t had one for years)
  • typewriters (interestingly, my 9-year old has one … ONLY because Molly [the American Girl Molly who lived in the 1940's] had one, and my mother-in-law still had an old one in a closet. Yes, a typewriter was an odd present for a 9-year old, but she loves it!)
  • walkmans & discmans (haven’t had one in years)
  • dialup (My library serves a whole county – Topeka has broadband, the county is pretty spotty)
  • DVDs (I still use these, and we still watch DVDs. But that’s now. They’ll be gone in 10 years time, I’ll bet).

What would you add to this list? Or how about this question – what in this list does your library still support, and why?

Pic by Timothy Hamilton

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  • davidleeking

    Connie … our library still uses beepers (and will for probably a few more years still). At least, until we get a new voip phone system (that costs an arm and a leg… and I like my arms and legs).

  • davidleeking

    Connie … our library still uses beepers (and will for probably a few more years still). At least, until we get a new voip phone system (that costs an arm and a leg… and I like my arms and legs).

  • http://www.talesfromanopenbook.wordpress.com/ Heidi S.

    Going through this list, I was a little surprised at the items we still use in our library, because I had thought we were moving right along with the times in many ways. We are a small town library, and it is difficult to get everyone on board with new things, but we’re working on it.
    Landline phones…..we still have two of these in the library. (We’d have to because we bad cell phone use in our library!)
    Floppy Disks…. I must admit that almost everyone here uses something else for storage, but we still have to have disk drives available in our computers for those that simply haven’t made the switch.
    Wristwatch…I was VERY surprised at this one. I don’t know anyone yet who LIVES by their cellphone or computer. There are many times that am still out in the world where I need to know the time and don’t have my cell with me. (Goes back to the landlines, maybe?)
    Typewriter…..Okay. We even have people come up to the front desk when they hear someone typing on our one and only typewriter in the library. Some people have never heard one “live” before, and for others, it is a lost sound. (We’ll have to wait until our one and only typewriter user retires in order to get rid of it. She is stubbornly stuck to using it.)
    DVD’s……We just got rid of the last of our VHS movies and now have switched to DVD’s exclusively. Please don’t make us switch again!!!

  • http://www.talesfromanopenbook.wordpress.com Heidi S.

    Going through this list, I was a little surprised at the items we still use in our library, because I had thought we were moving right along with the times in many ways. We are a small town library, and it is difficult to get everyone on board with new things, but we’re working on it.
    Landline phones…..we still have two of these in the library. (We’d have to because we bad cell phone use in our library!)
    Floppy Disks…. I must admit that almost everyone here uses something else for storage, but we still have to have disk drives available in our computers for those that simply haven’t made the switch.
    Wristwatch…I was VERY surprised at this one. I don’t know anyone yet who LIVES by their cellphone or computer. There are many times that am still out in the world where I need to know the time and don’t have my cell with me. (Goes back to the landlines, maybe?)
    Typewriter…..Okay. We even have people come up to the front desk when they hear someone typing on our one and only typewriter in the library. Some people have never heard one “live” before, and for others, it is a lost sound. (We’ll have to wait until our one and only typewriter user retires in order to get rid of it. She is stubbornly stuck to using it.)
    DVD’s……We just got rid of the last of our VHS movies and now have switched to DVD’s exclusively. Please don’t make us switch again!!!

  • Heather

    I suggest that everyone read “The Shock of the Old:technology and global history since 1900″ by David Edgerton. Very thought provoking.

  • Heather

    I suggest that everyone read “The Shock of the Old:technology and global history since 1900″ by David Edgerton. Very thought provoking.

  • Heather

    I suggest that everyone read “The Shock of the Old:technology and global history since 1900″ by David Edgerton. Very thought provoking.

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