Tech Tips for Every Librarian: To USB or Not USB

Tech Tips for Every Librarian

In the September issue, Rachel discusses all things USB:

Now that you’re offering this useful service, how do you get people to take advantage of it? First, advertise its availability. Post a “Flash Drives Welcome” sign temporarily, make a note in your newsletter, post on your library’s blog, and be sure that all public services staff members can suggest the USB drive alternative to people who are having problems with floppies or seeking alternative storage solutions,

Smaller USB drives are a great giveaway idea–think about the possibilities for National Library Card Signup Month or Summer Reading prizes. Some libraries also sell the devices to patrons. Prices are dropping and you can buy in bulk.

Be sure to provide instructions for patrons using their USB devices on public PCs. Include instructions on safely removing the hardware, on saving files to USB devices, and putting contact information on their drives in case they leave them in your PCs.