I use a Macbook Pro at home and when I travel to speaking engagements. Once in awhile, when the library’s IT person discovers I use a Mac, he/she says “make sure you bring your vga adapter.” And I always do.
Recently when that happened, it made me think – sometimes libraries aren’t all that friendly to Mac users. Do you:
- Allow Macs to plug into your LCD projectors in your meeting rooms? Or any “non-library-approved” computer, for that matter (some libraries don’t).
- Provide help to Mac users when they plug into LCD projectors and something doesn’t work? (my library used to have a disclaimer for that).
- Provide a handful of $30 VGA to Mac adapters in case the speaker forgets to bring one? My library does now.
- How about public wifi – do you have general connection instructions that work for a variety of devices (i.e., Mac, PC, tablets, mobile devices, etc), or just for PC users?
And if not … why? Make sure your library is device agnostic and device friendly, at least for the public.
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