Sunday, November 9, 2014

INNOVATIONS IN LIBRARIES & CLOUD SERVICES

Since Monday 2nd November 2014, i have been introduced to various new ways of working with information some of which are actually so much fun. 

I came to understand that libraries are no longer just buildings with print books and a reading space. Among the new innovations in libraries we were introduced to was MakerSpace - a community-operated workspace where people with similar interests can meet, socialize, collaborate and come up with new and interesting ideas (innovations) using various technologies and share them. 

MakerSpace is a new innovation in libraries where a space is provided in the library with information technology infrastructure to enable innovative minds to come up with new inventions.

Check out this technology! This is used to create 3Ds from capturing a photograph of it and then using computer technology to model the exact artifact.

3D printer
Product from the above 3D printer











CLOUD SERVICES STORAGE 
We were also introduced to Cloud services and storage as a research tool by Mr. Werner Van Wyk, Mrs. Erin Klazr and Dr. Marlene Holmner.

Among the common examples of cloud services, Amazon, One Drive, iCloud and Dropbox were mentioned. i am looking forward to using Dropbox though. I am optimistic that we are going to have a lot of fun doing this!! 

Mobile mouse/scanner


video
Another technology i saw being used is the mobile mouse/scanner. On first glance, it looks like the usual ordinary mouse but it is actually more than just a mouse.

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