Librarians around the globe are experimenting with the latest technologies to reinvigorate the way knowledge is shared.
FREMONT, CA: Technology has undoubtedly created a lasting impact on libraries. Libraries today are thriving in a technology-fueled world. They are embracing new technologies while creating dynamic community centers full of life. Libraries are no longer a house of dusty books, but they are centers of knowledge, research, and collaboration. Libraries of the digital age can be identified as hubs of technology, with over 85 percent offering internet services. New libraries are popping up around the country, employing technology in ways people never envisioned.
While the idea of friendly robots wears a pop culture, they have also gained immense traction in real-world library applications. When it comes to problem solving and automation of repetitive tasks, robotic applications are a no brainer. One problem that libraries face is finding books that have been misplaced. A robotic solution in action uses the RFID tags to highlight the books that are missing or misplaced. It then generates a report for librarian letting them know exactly where the missing books are.
Libraries are active community spaces, but they are always looking for ways to make them more engaging and vibrant. Digital interactive displays are a solution to this. These digital displays use multi-touch TV monitors or projectors and screens with motion or touch sensors to display information. The best part of this trend is that digital interactive displays in libraries work to create moments of interactions by connecting technology, physical space, and community.
Mobile applications are a familiar trend now. Today's people are spending more time on mobile apps than on mobile browsers. A mobile app can extend library services outside their physical borders and facilitate the interaction with patrons. A mobile app can offer functionalities like a library catalog, interactive library guides, e-reading, reserve books, virtual library tours, and pay to services.
This is just a glimpse of some fantastic digital projects going on in libraries around the world. Libraries have always been about sharing knowledge and culture, and these new digital services are just one way of doing it.