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Who Needs Books? A Q&A with the ‘Bookless Library’ Head Librarian

Who Needs Books? A Q&A with the ‘Bookless Library’ Head Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ian Chant :

"Late last year, the Bexar County Library, which serves the area around San Antonio, TX, set up BiblioTech, the first all-digital library in the United States. Without any physical books at all, the branch raised a few eyebrows, but head librarian Ashley Eklof tells Library Journal that after a few months, the ebook-and technology-centric project has been so successful it already has its own spinoff at the county courthouse."


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Bookless libraries? - discussion on International Librarians Network

"Most of us working in libraries are increasingly working with electronic resources alongside with, or even instead of, traditional print books. The academic library sector in particular is moving away from print collections."

 

The BiblioTech in Texas: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22160990#?utm_source=feedly

 

"What do you think? We’d love to know what’s happening in libraries in your sector, in your country? What is the balance between print and online at your library? Have you tried something like this? What did your community of users say? Let us know by commenting here, or join in the conversation on twitter using #interlibnet

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Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries - San Antonio Express

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Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is a pioneer among academic institutions with bookless collections and technical libraries.

 

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is an unabashed book lover with 1,000 first editions in his private collection, but even he sees the writing on the wall.

Paper books have lost their allure, and future generations may have little use for them, Wolff contends.

So when he embarked on a mission to create a countywide library system, he decided it should be bookless from the start.

Today, after months of planning, Wolff and other county leaders will announce plans to launch the nation's first bookless public library system, BiblioTech, with a prototype location on the South Side opening in the fall.



Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Bexar-set-to-turn-the-page-on-idea-of-books-in-4184940.php#ixzz2I7ZZBAi4

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BiblioTech: The First All-Digital Public Library in U.S. Opens One Week From Today in Bexar County, Texas | LJ INFOdocket

BiblioTech: The First All-Digital Public Library in U.S. Opens One Week From Today in Bexar County, Texas | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
BiblioTech: First All-Digital Public #Library in U.S. Opens This Saturday in Bexar County, Texas http://t.co/ZanlwV5IwW #libraries

 

Bibilotech, the first all-digital public library in the U.S. opens one week from today (September 14, 2014) in Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas. 

 

The library has been offering library card registration for a few weeks via their web site.

According to the web site, BiblioTech will offer materials from:

eBooks from 3M Cloud Library (10,000 titles at launch)Audiobooks from One-Click DigitalLanguage instruction from Mango

The library also offers:

500 e-readers (100 pre-loaded enhanced e-readers for children) 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets to use on-site

BiblioTech provides access to a large selection of reference and article databases via TexShare from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Sadly, these resources are poorly marked on the library’s web site. They deserve enumeration and explanation not to mention making them easier to find in the first place.

We also hope BiblioTech does better discovering and organizing high-quality open web resources that are often free to access and use. At the moment, only four resources are listed and two of them are listed incorrectly."

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Libraries are reinvented for the digital age - 3 ways

Libraries are reinvented for the digital age  - 3 ways | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Better off Read: Municipalities are reinventing libraries for the digital age: http://t.co/RKv1DxdjwL

 

Three reinventions:

1. San Antonio’s BiblioTech

2. Project Ingeborg

3. Underground Library 

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Three ways libraries are being reinvented for the digital age!

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