Camera Organization

In many libraries, librarians are the ones responsible for the tech equipment. I’m obsessed with organizing equipment. Obsessed.

The first trick I can offer you is to use a light colored marker (silver sharpie is my preference) and label all of the cords and power adapters that go with equipment. Nothing is worse than finding a pile of cords and not knowing what they go to. Or looking for a cord to go into a plug and not finding the right one.

There are many ways to organize cameras. I’ve seen some great ones! A friend of mine keeps a strip of card pockets on the wall under her workroom cabinets. Each card indicates a camera. Teachers can see at a glance which ones are available. It’s an old-fashioned card checkout system. Write your name on it and stick it in the pocket. This way teachers can self-checkout the equipment.

I would be fine with that, but usually the staff at my school ask before opening the cabinets in my office–even the ones with community supplies such as cameras.

The cameras used to be housed in their original boxes. They took up a lot of space and it was difficult to get into the boxes to see if the camera and the right parts were there.

Dollar Tree to the rescue! I bought a stack of sandwich containers. Each container got one camera and its USB cord.

I printed the barcode labels for all of the cameras (after putting them into a resource list). Each box got a barcode label. Each camera got its barcode number written on the side with silver sharpie.

Everyone who has stood next to me as I opened the door to the cabinet has been really impressed by the organization, but it only took me about 90 minutes to complete. The trickiest part was matching the right cords to the right cameras and being sure that all of the cameras were being matched with the right barcode number.

October 26, 2012
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  • Reply Ms. O

    I don’t have any cameras that we check out. But for the (very few and they are already old) iTouches … I saved Sara Lee deli meat containers. They were way flatter and more organized than ziploc bags … and that’s how they were given to me.
    SIgh. In theory I am organized. Pictures like yours above are so calming and visually pleasing. I am very very rarely able to keep it that way for very long.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:28 am
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