Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wall Street Journal: New Library Technologies Dispense With Librarians
In an October 24th article, the Wall Street Journal presents libraries which are taking the Vend-O-Matic approach to library services.
Faced with budget cuts, government agencies apparently think getting rid of those costly buildings filled with books for all ages and interests, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, magazines, storytime kits for home use, Bifolkal Kits for remembering the past programs, storytimes, programs bringing the cultural arts to the public, and PEOPLE are outmoded.
The Library staff, those nice people who help you find books for reading or an assignment, work to familiarize you with software they might or might not be familiar with themselves, and who welcome you in whether come to them regulary or whether you're brand new...poof!
Replaced by a cold metal locker or a vending machine that doesn't care if you find what you came for or not.