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(Oct 6/12) Would be really convenient to have chargers available for a short-term loan (one or
two hours), in key locations such as Main floors of libraries, Mills Commons, etc.
For laptops: a universal laptop charger with multiple tips/connectors would be ideal
For phones: the Micro + Mini USB and iPhone connectors should satisfy most users.
- High power ratings on the chargers for quick charging please!
- Mini timer modules attached to the chargers that countdown from the loan time and
beep upon termination could help sustain the service by ensuring users return items
Library response: Many thanks for this suggestion, which has some potential. How do you envision this working? Would they be available for checkout, or permanently mounted somewhere, along the lines of a charging station? I'm assuming the former, since it can take a while to charge even with a powerful unit.
I'm not familiar with such timers. Do you have a specific model in mind? (Oct 9/12)
Answered by: Dale Askey (Associate University Librarian, Library Learning Technologies)