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
- iPads, Kindles and Tablets Oh My: Using a Technology Petting Zoo the Teach about Downloadable eBooks
- Denver Public Library
- University of Maine (Farmington) Petting Zoo guide
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?