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The book dispensaries at available 24/7 and operate like ATM machines with a swipe of a library card to dispense books.Users can have up to three books checked out at a time and return the books to the Library-a-Go-Go machines.” According to the library, “The automated library vending machines have been successful in expanding a library’s presence into areas where they could not traditionally reach.” The Carson City Library Branch Anywhere in Nevada “provides patrons at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada with access to current library materials, digital tools and librarian-educator programming.Released: January 29, 2013 By Kathryn Zickuhr Our new report takes a close look not only at how Americans are using public libraries, but also what sort of services and programming they think libraries should offer — and what they say they would use in the future.For this last point, we asked about a range of potential offerings, including online “ask a librarian”-type research service, mobile library apps, library kiosks in the community, and pre-loaded e-readers available for checkout.Codes on signs at the information desk open up a text message to a text-a-librarian number; staff respond to the texts within 10 minutes.
The Kent Free Library in Ohio “has hosted ‘Technology Petting Zoos’ to give patrons and community members a chance to have hands-on interaction with a variety of tablets and e-readers.
In the library’s meeting room, 12 different devices are available to try out with a librarian on hand to explain their features and detail the differences between various devices.” The Skokie Public Library in Illinois “offers a digital media lab, a space with content creation tools that allow patrons to create and share video, music, photography, and design projects.
Customers have access to computers with editing software, cameras, camcorders, microphones, and musical keyboards.
To overcome many people’s unfamiliarity with QR code technology, library staff created an online guide to ‘Snap & Go,’ which received 7,900 views during the project’s first year.” “To help students keep pace with the fast-moving trend in e-books, online databases, and other digital learning tools, Boston College High School adopted a cell phone policy at the start of the school year which allows student to use their cell phones for research purposes in the library.
Additionally, the school provides i Pads for all faculty, as well as for students in grades 7-10.