Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Library of the future...

Have you already imagined a library without any physical books...? One can admit that it is not the traditional use of this kind of place!


The city of San Antonio (US) will become the precursor of a new trend, by opening a library that will only provide desks, chairs, lamps... kindles, computers and tablets!
Poeple living around this library will then be able to borrow e-readers to bring home for 2 weeks, on which they will have access to database of the library. After these 2 weeks, the e-reader will be de-activated, and the borrower will not be able to use it anymore.

Some limits though, according to the CSMonitor: 
  • Some communities are not ready for it yet, and this could involve more staff expenses to help train people get familiar with digital books; 
  • A lot of content is not available in a digital format; 
  • A library is a meeting point, a social place where people are supposed to gather and discuss about their favourite stories for example; we can wonder whether this digitally-oriented place will connect people better than a traditional library... 


What is your opinion about this new generation of library? "Progressive or pointless*"?

* Best comments on SodaHead: 
"Isn't that like having a restaurant with no food?"
"Isn't a library without books called a "compuer lab"?"
HAHA ;-)

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