The future of libraries gets the attention of the large networks once in a while. What is interesting about “The future of libraries with or without books” – CNN article is that futuristic concepts of library services are possible.
RFID is an interesting topic. The article explores the Danish concept of extending book information via RFID technology. The set up provides children with an interactive story via an RFID tag-enabled book. A child picks up the phone and a book and hears about the contents.
We recently explored ways that RFID books can be checked onto a “just returned” shelf instead of a counter. This simple process puts the books in a location that quickly returns it to the customer.
Library as Place
Libraries are community places. The CNN article points out that funding is tight in America and that over 16,000 public libraries are facing cuts in funding. We have to be wary of Politicians who don’t use the library. Many perceive that information is online so, why should you have a library?
Librarians can work to make their community forward-thinking. They have to show that demand for the “library as place” is vital to many who use the library to read and access the internet. For example, in Mohave County we developed a program for Bullhead City, AZ. The library was a safe haven for youngsters and a life-long learning center for the seniors. Additional reader seats reduced the crime (got the kids off the street) and adults had space for job seeking and resume writing.
Our message for CNN is don’t give up on our libraries they are part of a healthy America and informed world.