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Computers in Libraries 2007: Day 3 – The Library of the Future



They wanted to be the first of the new libraries
two goals:
1. design and build an absolutely fantastic new library
2. use technology to be more efficient and effective – but it will meet our patrons’ demands

They have one rule – tolerate uncertainty

continuing vision:
eternal values
new technology

Next, Alan Gray talked about their library building…

ok… the speaker just said “for any of you who are fighter pilots know this…” Hmm. Not so much.

Skip the RFP process for RFID! it’s a waste of time and effort and money and time

have each competitor design to your needs, then compare and contrast. Cool.

No tech services and no circ back office
no cataloging
instead, workflow managers, not clerks
a small workplace to deal with exceptions

So, they’re allowing vendors to do the cataloging – they’re outsourcing EVERYTHING. They might have to catalog 50-100 books a year.

And by the way, why not outsource paging too?

What would a library be if it needed no booktruck…

active items back on the shelf in 20 minutes!

They plan to direct order and ship the book to the patron, overnight…
other stuff:
everyone out in front of their desks
circ staff become reader advisors
information staff at remote reference points
technology staff work in partnership with patrons
we’ll have a virtual library, too

Reference:
video chat, webex, etc…

Kinkos model – they want to be a regional collaborative digitization space

etc.

Much of this stuff was “here’s what we want to do.” If they REALLY do these things, they’ll be a hip library. Now, I want to know how they plan to do it – especially how they plan to get the book checked in and back on the shelf in 20 minutes.

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  • http://distlib.blogs.com/ Paul R. Pival

    David, which library was this?

  • http://distlib.blogs.com Paul R. Pival

    David, which library was this?

  • http://www.davidleeking.com/ david lee king

    It was the Darien Library, at http://www.darienlibrary.org/

  • http://www.davidleeking.com david lee king

    It was the Darien Library, at http://www.darienlibrary.org/

  • Alan Kirk Gray

    Irony alert on calling out to fighter pilots in a meeting of librarians.

    How we plan to get active books checked in and back on shelf in 20 minutes, and we plan to REALLY do these things:

    The materials handling system will check the book back in as it is returned in the vestibule of the library, where it will be taken down a conveyor to the materials handling room. There, items will be sorted and placed on carts according to destination. Very active items will be on carts which will be taken up every 15 minutes by a page to the “Main Street” new book area, where the library staff on duty will put them back on shelf.

  • Alan Kirk Gray

    Irony alert on calling out to fighter pilots in a meeting of librarians.

    How we plan to get active books checked in and back on shelf in 20 minutes, and we plan to REALLY do these things:

    The materials handling system will check the book back in as it is returned in the vestibule of the library, where it will be taken down a conveyor to the materials handling room. There, items will be sorted and placed on carts according to destination. Very active items will be on carts which will be taken up every 15 minutes by a page to the “Main Street” new book area, where the library staff on duty will put them back on shelf.