Sonoma County Library was the first library system in the United States to purchase Hublet Solution. The library now has 12 docks, one in each library branch.
When asked his thoughts about the solution, Mike Dawe, Acting Co-Deputy Director of Sonoma County Library, summed it up in two words “engagement” and “fulfilment.” Libraries, Mike noted, are all about engaging with their communities and fulfilling their diverse needs. He found that our solution can help meet both objectives in a way that’s accessible, private and comfortable.
“With the Tablet Station, patrons can sit in a comfy chair and engage with content through apps, games and media. The tablets can also connect patrons with the resources and information they need such as access to email and the Internet for everything from paying bills to checking bus schedules without needing staff assistance or sitting at a computer table.”Mike Dawe, Acting Co-Deputy Director
The docks are mostly in or near the children’s areas, as Sonoma has found children are the most apt to use the colourful tablets. Parents will also use the tablets while waiting for children to finish looking for books or attending library programs, so the location works for both demographics. Sonoma is also exploring the idea of using the Hublet Tablets for programs, such as an Augmented Reality program they’re planning.
In addition to the benefits to patrons, Dawe likes that the Hublet Manager is a web-based system, so it’s easy for staff to set up, manage and maintain from a web console, making it a win-win for staff and patrons alike.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hublet and its potential for your library, find out more here.