Take a peek at this post from the Experience Economy Evangelist. The post discusses using scents as part of creating an experience. Apparently, some hotel chains are beginning to incorporate “signature smells” in their hotel lobbies.
And if you think about it – when you walk into a Starbucks, don’t they have a “signature smell” (as in strong coffee)? New cars also have a “signature smell” – that “new car smell.”
I think libraries also have a built-in signature smell – that of books! That slightly musty, old book smell… that’s one thing that digitization can’t match. I love the smell of books… and I think many other people do, too. It’s a smell that bookstores and libraries share, and I think it’s part of the overall “library experience.”
Maybe we’ll have to start “piping in” the old book smell as we continue to digitize? Who knows…