Sounds like a neat idea. I wonder if you could get electrical engineering students to build DIY sensors from kits and make a real educational project out of it.
On May 1, 2012, at 3:51 PM, "Ellen K. Wilson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This is really more of a thought experiment than an actual project, but
> I thought some people might get a kick out of it - maybe someone has
> even done it.
> We are in the process of redesigning our library homepage. During the
> fall semester we had a team of freshmen CIS students do a basic
> usability and design service learning project and we are now
> incorporating as much of their feedback as possible. We'd like to be as
> student-centric as possible.
> This got me thinking about the top two suggestions in the library's
> feedback box - 1) we want a coffee shop and 2) it's too cold/hot in the
> the page (*groan*) but I see an opportunity with the second one. We do
> have microclimates within the library, so while it may be hot on 3N,
> chances are good it's freezing on 4S. Given that actually fixing this is
> beyond the library's control, what if we put wireless temperature
> sensors throughout the building and displayed their readings on the
> library homepage?
> So, if one were to attempt this:
> -How would you go about it? (hardware- or software-wise)
> -Could it be done for cheap?
> -Would it be OCLC-approved?
> Best regards,
> DISCLAIMER: The a/c is out in the library (again) and I think the high
> temperatures in my office may be frying my brain.
> Ellen Knowlton Wilson
> Instructional Services Librarian
> Room 250, University Library
> University of South Alabama
> 5901 USA Drive North
> Mobile, AL 36688
> (251) 460-6045
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