“Going virtual” – shifting to an online environment – has huge benefits for library users. But there’s often one thing that people miss about physical libraries: looking around and discovering other useful books or articles just because of their proximity.
Cornell University Library's new virtual shelf browser recreates the serendipity of browsing the stacks! It's still in the beta stage, but this virtual shelf browser will allow users to discover materials just as they would be standing in front of a real shelf — and to see physical and electronic collections all in one place. Check it out here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/theessentials/2013/01/08/off-the-shelf/