ILN Discussion Topic Part 2: Technology in Libraries

'What Is In Your Kindle Catalog' by Raymond Bryson used under Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0

‘What Is In Your Kindle Catalog’ by Raymond Bryson used under Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0

For part 2 of our discussion around technology in libraries we thought we might focus on some real life examples. Below of just a few of the examples of how libraries have taken on advances in technology to better serve their clients.

Technology petting zoos in libraries

Assistive technology for clients with disabilities

A sampling of library apps

  • Street History: Hoddle’s grid from the State Library of Victoria, Australia- Discover over 60,000 historical titles from the British Library’s 19th century book collection. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history and science. Browse, search and read these historic books on a platform that enhances the reading experience.
  • 19th Century Historical Collection iPad App from the British Library- “Discover over 60,000 historical titles from the British Library’s 19th century book collection. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history and science. Browse, search and read these historic books on a platform that enhances the reading experience.”
  • Curio from the State Library of NSW, Australia- “Explore the curiosities of the State Library New South Wales’ history and collections like never before with Curio! Get up close with rare artifacts in our exhibitions and collections, and discover the fascinating stories behind the origins and legacy of the historic Mitchell Library direct from your mobile device.”
  • Snap and Go from Contra Costa County Library- “QR codes blur the boundaries between the physical world and the virtual world and make using your phone simpler.”
  • Historical Cats from the Digital Public Library of America  – “A Twitter bot that grabs an item at random via the Digital Public Library of America’s API platform and tweets it out. Built at LibHack 2014 in Philadelphia”

So what do you think of these? Are the useful or frivolous? Does your library have anything similar? If not, could you see your library going in these directions?

Do you have any more examples?  You can share your thoughts here or on Facebook or Twitter 

2 comments

  1. victoria robins · · Reply

    Hi I know it is too late… Just wanted to inform that my mentor connection did not work out. I think my partner has as much experience as me and she is going through a period of a lot of work. I will continue to try and connect … But don’t think it is going to happen. Too bad, I really enjoyed my last connection!

    Thanks for all your work! Victoria robins

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. Hi Victoria,

      Please send us an email to contact@interlibnet.org with your details and we can try and help!

      Thanks

      Kate

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