From 2018 - present I've been the Makerspace Librarian at Auckland Central City Library. I'm responsible for
the varied and unusual technologies we host in the Makerspace,
as well as the services, processes, and design of the space.
During my time managing the Makerspace I've used my technical knowledge and drive to self-learn to
develop interactive digital services for customers, always with a focus on maintainability
for our less-tech-savvy staff.
My development responsibilities have included:
- Makerspace Public Computers: The selection and configuration of software and tools to convert Dell desktop
workstations into public computers. The key drivers behind decisions were low costs, user safety, minimal maintenance,
and user friendliness.
- Digital Displays: The selection of hardware (Raspberry Pi) and configuration of software to enable Library staff
to easily display video playlists on any HDMI-capable display. The key driver was user friendliness and the reduction of
time spent daily setting up individual display TVs and projectors with their own disparate user interfaces.
- Video Wall: We were provided with a 9-TV video wall running software that was over-engineered for our purposes
and for the technical savvy of many of our staff. I worked through solutions to settle on an (admittedly hacky - the budget was $0)
but robust and simple solution that ensured that any staff member could load content onto the video wall.
I have also worked to develop the Makerspace from a bland and uninviting space to a
visually and audibly exciting area of the library through the creation and implementation of
distinct branding, eye-catching and effective signage and brochures, and spatial design.