Microsoft SurfaceEver since I heard about the new Microsoft product – Surface – I’ve been thinking about how it might be used with teens in libraries.

The Surface is a table that is a computer. Users touch the screen to make things happen. For example, you can move pictures around using fingers or you can trace a route on a map. In some ways I think it’s a tabletop version of a SmartBoard.

Surface isn’t going to be cheap – at least in the beginning – and the talk is that it will be used first in stores, cafes, restaurants, and such. What about putting libraries in that mix? For example, imagine if a Surface (or 2 or 3) is in the teen section of the library and teens could interact with content. They might pull up a set of images to use in a homework assignment and arrange them in interesting ways in order to get a message across.

A few weeks ago I blogged about innovation in teen services. This is an example of innovation in computing that teen librarians can use in order to create innovative services.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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