You have heard about Voice Assistants and Smart Speaker but how are they relevant for your library? BOB Anstett will talk about how these voice assistants work. We will cover some of the many forms they take and give hints on how to get the best use out of them. We will also cover how they apply in a library setting for both assisting customers and discuss privacy concerns. Broward County Libraries roll out of an Echo device on every public service desk with be discussed and how the partnership with Amazon works in the real world.


Original broadcast October 9, 2019 

Biography ~ Robert “BOB” Anstett
Robert “BOB” Anstett is the Coordinator for Digital Initiatives for Broward County Libraries. Bob is in charge of the Creation Station at Main Library in Fort Lauderdale as well as Creation Station Business and other creative spaces around the County. Bob likes to say that he “lives in the future” where he gets to work with 3D printing, creative design, hands on maker projects and robotics. He is currently organizing and running a robotics track for the public to learn coding and building robots, as well as a Virtual Reality (VR) track with an Oculus Rift & HTC Vive along with other VR & Augmented Reality (AR) gear such as a Microsoft HoloLens available for the public to try out and develop. Bob works at building connections with the local community and the library, along with fostering cooperation between libraries around the State of Florida and beyond!