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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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Interesting interview and great to hear about the positive responses and spin-offs.

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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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LS5043-2014's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:37 PM

Each of these library's policies should be explored.

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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
San Antonio Express
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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More about the first bookless public library system.

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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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Questions for a discussion about bookless libraries on the International Librarians Network

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5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die

5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stan Alcorn:
1: THE BOOKLESS LIBRARY
2: LIBRARIES AS SCHOOLS

3: LIBRARIES AS MAKER SPACES

4: POP-UP LIBRARIES

5: THE OCCUPY WALL STREET LIBRARY

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Libraries are innovative! Not new concepts, but worth citing as reasons why libraries are still relevant!

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The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The bookless library is increasing a reality, staring in places meant to be the repository of knowledge, university libraries, and gaining ground outside academic grounds.
The New York Public Library is implementing its plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required. Yet it is not the first library to do so. Opening the move was Kansas State University’s engineering school, which went bookless 12 years ago. The University of Texas at San Antonio ditched print for e-books and e-journals in 2010. Stanford University’s engineering school pruned 85 percent of its books last year. Drexel University opened a new library just last month with hardly a single print book – just rows and rows of computers. And Cornell recently announced a similar initiative." 

 

Read more: http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/08/31/the-bookless-library-is-that-the-future-of-libraries/#ixzz257b6gIeO


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