Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paperless Library

All of our articles this week focus on e-books, technology and the future of libraries. I remembered reading semi recently about a library that is completely paperless. This library is located in Bexar County, Texas. The library is called BiblioTech. The library consists of computers, tablets, and laptops that their patrons can use. There are no books on shelves for patrons with in the library. The BiblioTech's book collection consists entirely of e-books. There are quite a few articles about the BiblioTech, but I liked this one because it has pictures that show what the space actually looks like. When confronted with the question about if the technology will scare patrons away, the staff at BiblioTech were optimistic about patrons visiting the library who are willing to learn the new technologies. Because staff will be less burdened by book maintenance (shelving and such) they will have more time to teach patrons how to use the technology. I thought this was an interesting idea because some studies we have read say that library patrons, especially teens, enjoy reading physical books over e-books. It will be interesting to track this library and see if it succeeds in the long run.

Gander, Kashmira. "World's first paperless public library in US Bexar County, Texas. The Independent. February 3, 2014. Web. April 17, 2014.

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