LYRASIS Catalyst Fund Series: Library and the Internet of Things

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Libraries are charged with meeting a variety of patron information needs on a daily basis. Given the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Technologies and Digital Strategies Team at UNC Charlotte began thinking about how IoT devices might be leveraged to meet known accessibility needs. We were quickly ably to adapt the idea to custom in-house applications but wondered how this technology could be applied to a broader set of tools used by libraries, museums, and archives. Searching through an online index of content held for patron use can be daunting for patrons unable to use the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Through the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund, we were able to focus on IoT devices and their capability to integrate with the Ex Libris Primo interface for known item searching.

The goals of the project were outlined as follows:

  • Develop integration using API’s
  • Test integration in a lab setting
  • Deploy IoT devices within the Library building
  • Perform a usability study to determine if this deployment is satisfactory to users (e.g., can it recognize multiple voice patterns, is it easy to use, do patrons get the output they need, etc.)
  • Adjust the integration to improve usability
  • Make available any software products created with Catalyst Funds on a royalty-free basis according to the terms of an open source license and in an open source repository, such as GitHub
  • Share results with community via Coalition for Networked Information Presentation

Instructors: Bob Price, Derek Norton & Brad Spry

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Archives; Historical Society / Site; Special Collections
This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

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