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Library News Update: 3D Printing Arrives at the Library, a brief history of the Bookmobile, and more

File photo. The Johnson County Library's Shawnee branch is located at 13811 Johnson Drive.

Libraries are often on the forefront of technology. The Chicago Public Library brings new meaning to that trend with its new CPL Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is free to the public and features three 3D printers, 3D printing software and various related tools. The CPL is also offering workshops to introduce patrons to the technology.

Chicago Public Library To Open 3D Printer Space

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At Mosio we’ve been watching the ’3D Printer in Libraries’ trend grow and we’re all for it. Chicago isn’t the only one. Joining them is the Saxonburg Area Library in Pittsburg, which received a generous gift of one 3D printer for its patrons to explore.

Heard Off the Street: Library’s 3-D printer spits out all kinds of fun and learning

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From technology innovation to the history of an innovative way to provide service to underserviced rural communities, the Chicoer has a story of the beginning of the California State Library Bookmobile. Long before digital reference was avialable, libraries reached out to patrons by physically bringing services to them. We might even say that the Bookmobile can be seen as the start of mobile reference

Check It Out: A library on wheels

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We’re also keeping our eye and these trends in library technologies and services, from the Library as a retail space, to studies on how young people are using libraries today.

Dalby Library enters the digital age

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Library system works to serve patrons’ changing technological needs

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When Libraries Become Retailers

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Siouxland Libraries Upgrade System

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Libraries will release a “Top 10″ recommendation list starting this fall

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THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE OBAMACARE ARMY: LIBRARIES

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Library learning to grow on its own

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Hutt libraries offer eReaders

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New report maps young Americans’ library, technology use

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Lake libraries add new database useful for finding friends, doing business research and more

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Young adults like libraries and books, new study finds

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W.O.W. bus brings books, technology to Missoula County

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Healthy libraries, healthy communities

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NFC tagged library lets you research books with your smartphone before you borrow

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Library user numbers up 10,000 as eBook usage rockets

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Queens Library Introduces Downloadable E-Magazines

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Libraries offer patrons e-books

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Westfield Library offers magazine collection online

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Library use can reverse falling standards

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Johnson County Library honored for innovation

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Staten Island’s Stapleton library bigger, beautiful and chock full of books

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Library to start Sunday hours

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Library News: Libraries using radio waves to save staff and customers time, The “Bookless” Library, US libraries to help uninsured Americans figure out new health coverage options

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At Mosio we love libraries. It turns out so do young people. A new study finds that the age group that uses libraries the most is 16 to 29 year olds. Given how tech savvy young people are, this is an incentive for libraries to keep on the cutting edge of technology and digital reference trends. However, the study also finds that despite their technological skills, young people are still fond of traditional bound paper books.

Young adults like libraries and books, new study finds

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A love of paper books may be part of the success of the “Little Free Library” kiosks. Popping up around the globe, these small wooden boxes offer people a new way to share books and the reading experience.

Little Free Library kiosks pop up in Sacramento area

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From free books on every corner to the “Bookless Library,” North Carolina State University is turning the traditional library on its head. Their new Hunt Library is a clean modern open space, with lots of room for students to congregate and collaborate. What’s missing are the books. They aren’t gone completely, however. They are simply tucked away in an archival space, and delivered by a book delivery system called the “bookBot.”

The “Bookless” Library

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Here are some other news items from the libary world you might find interesting.

Queens Library Offers Free Digital Copies of Magazines

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ALA 2013: Libraries to Offer Monthly ‘Top 10′ Book List

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Bringing libraries back to communities

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Video: Libraries using radio waves to save staff, customers time

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Local libraries: staying relevant in a digital age

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Siouxland Libraries New Technology

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The Central Library Moves Hidden Treasures Out Into The Public Eye

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Library now offers even more downloadable audiobooks

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Morton Grove Library to open new entrance, install self-checkout

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Amid changing technology, West Virginia’s public libraries maintain relevance

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Laptop donations increase access at library

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Howard Library System named Library of the Year

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APNewsBreak: US libraries to help uninsured Americans figure out new health coverage options

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Who knew reading could be so lucrative — Library system to give away $1,500 in prizes

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Library to roll out new checkout system

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Mt. Airy’s Lovett Library selected as prototype in citywide library system transformation

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Oregon State Library offers services to enhance local library programs

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Perry Castañeda Library consolidates service desk

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New mobile app lets users search library catalog, download eBooks

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Access Aberdeen library services 24/7

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Pima Library goes mobile with new app

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The Library virtually and in reality

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Library News Update: African Libraries in the Digital Age – “Reaching Outside Their Walls”, Introducing the new standalone catalog system, Dubai libraries: A paradise for book lovers

Here at Mosio, we love to hear about ways libraries going digital. One consistent technology trend that is driving up circulation numbers across the country is e-books. West Virginia public libraries are finding that their patrons want books in every form they can get them, from paper to audio books to ebooks. The variety of options is bringing people in the door.

Popularity of eBooks has changed library circulation

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Meanwhile in Texas, Bryan-College Station libraries have seen an additional 2000 patrons due to their e-book collection.

Bryan-College Station libraries increasing use of eBooks

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E-books are also driving an steady monthly uptick in circulation numbers at the Calloway County Library in Kentucky.

Ebooks proving popular at Calloway library

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Where do you learn how to survive a zombie apocolypse? The public library of course. The Baraboo Library is bringing teens in the library by turning it into a community center with their Tuesday night programs. During the zombie program teens discussed zombies in pop culture, as well as learned important lessons about overall disaster preparedness.

Feeding teen brains at the library

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Here are some more news bytes about digital libraries and libraries as community spaces.

African Libraries in the Digital Age – “Reaching Outside Their Walls”

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Advances in technology changes local libraries for the better

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Heard Off the Street: Library’s 3-D printer spits out all kinds of fun and learning

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Column: Library offers plenty of e-options

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Introducing the new standalone catalog system

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Chicago Public Library to Open Free Digital Fabrication Maker Space

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South Brunswick Library Offers Cardholders Access To Digital Magazines

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A single library card for Bradford County

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The New York Public Library checks out e-commerce

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Solano libraries now lend out laptops

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Rockford Public Library Seeing More Digital Bookworms

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Dubai libraries: A paradise for book lovers

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Little Free Libraries’ Catching On In Door County

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Library of Congress Transitions to Free, Online-Only Cataloging Publications

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Houston Public Library unveils new catalog, customer account interface

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Rafael Anchia: Think libraries are important? Let’s prove it

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HUDSON LIBRARY OFFERS DIGITAL PROGRAMS TO WHET THE TECHIE APPETITE

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Secrets of the Library: Download magazines and more at your library

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Library one of the best deals in town, says director

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“Little Free Library” encourages reading, community spirit

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Library’s electronic magazines free, easy

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Library News: Use Smart Phone as library card at the Westfield Library, Little Free Libraries Promote Love of Books, Library Catering on Wheels

Libraries go green, as the first solar-powered library opened in New Zealand. The library is entirely powered by 115 photovoltaic panels. Any energy generated beyond what the library needs will be sold back to the national grid. Additionally, the library has two charging stations for electric cars. Sustainable building elements are throughout the entire new library design.

First solar-powered library

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Library patrons in Westford, New Jersey can now use their smart phones as library cards. The CardStar app lets patrons save their library card barcode on their smart phones. Then they can scan the code directly off the phone to check out books.

Use Smart Phone as library card at the Westfield Library

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The Oakville Public Library is also joining the smart phone app trend, by offering an app that allows patrons to access their accounts. Patrons can place holds, renew checked out items, check library hours, search collections and download e-books and audiobooks.

Oakville Public Library launches new free smartphone app

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Here are some other library news items we found interesting.

Huntsville Public Library joins Houston technology network

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NYPL Releases Digital Collections API to the Public

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MissCo library system offers ebooks

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Learn new languages with library’s new electronic resources

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Greenle libraries now offer Zinio news link

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Tanzania: PM Unveils Pioneer E-Book Library

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Even in the digital age, libraries relevant to community

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Little Free Libraries Promote Love of Books

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Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills

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Dig into reading this summer at New Orleans Public Library

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Cincinnati Library Reaches Card Milestone

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Abington Library’s Wired Wednesdays Digitize Patrons’ Experience

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Texas Library First Ever All-Digital Facility

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Flint Public Library offering free passes, discounts to state museums, more with Michigan Activity Pass program

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Library gearing up for summer projects, including children’s reading program

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Selma Library prepares to offer e-books

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The New York Public Library Announces Historic Agreement to Display Original Copy of the Bill of Rights

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Library Catering on Wheels

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Paramus Library column: New system helps optimize Bergen County libraries

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Grand Island library offers digital magazines

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Charleston County library offering free digital copies of magazines

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Orange libraries offer free technology training online

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Library News: Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system, Library joins digital age of books, Electronic lending and public libraries

Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Photo: Kaia Diringer

Libraries teach students to be technology smart

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Library to get new technology

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New library technology taking off

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Libraries Open Doors, Data to Digital Art Displays

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Library begins iPad loan program

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Berkeley library stays relevant with shift to digital

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New Tampa Library is Going Digital

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Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system

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Whatcom, Bellingham libraries offer digital versions of 100 magazines for free

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Electronic lending and public libraries

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Local Libraries Set for Online, Smartphone System

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How e-books circulate at Franklin County libraries

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Paris Public Library in Partnership with Recorded Books Announces eAudiobook Service OneClickdigital

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Library joins digital age of books

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A New Kind of Library

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Libraries of the future: What’s next for Washington County?

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Orlando-area libraries see surge in e-book demand

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Little Free Libraries, Community Reading Program

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Little Free Libraries spread across city, world

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Fort Bend County Libraries add new job, career tool to online database

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Talk: Exploring the Role of the City’s Public Libraries

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Audiobooks available for downloading from libraries

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Libraries for the poor make Room To Read founder feel rich

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Little Free Library phenomenon gains momentum

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Digital Magazine Partnership Benefitting Four Central Nebraska Libraries

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Library News Byte: Library Booking New Opportunity, A library without books, SLEEPING BAN: Library Says No More Snoozin’

New scorecard lets libraries give feedback on e-book offerings from publishers

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Library booking new opportunity: birthday parties

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Technology allows library patrons more access to books, magazines

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Local libraries adapting to increase in e-book users

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Learn to use new gadgets, technology at libraries

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A library without books? E-lation!

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Inquirer Editorial: Digital age has made libraries even more vital

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Braille embosser now available at Cambridge Library

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New York Public Library to archive every menu since 1840

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Library activities expand out to weddings, meetings

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Library’s ‘Teens Helping Teens’ book project spurs community involvement

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Story time at Lexington Public Library branches prepares children for kindergarten

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SLEEPING BAN: Library Says No More Snoozin’

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African-Americans may trace heritage at libraries

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Vanderbilt Libraries add iPads to list of circulated items

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Library News Byte: Specialty Library, Library for Autism Resources, Library iPad Project

China spends big to build libraries for all villages

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Why Good Libraries are Important for Education

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Specialty library caters to Christians around the world

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Phillips Public Library a place for autism resources

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Library iPad project a success

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One card opens the pages in six libraries thanks to new scheme

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Library pushes to make reading more popular

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Local libraries help families stay warm

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Community libraries blossoming in Gloucestershire

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Macon-Bibb County Libraries now Offer E-Books

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Mosio and Text a Librarian on the iPad

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Back in January I wrote a blog post titled “The iPad, Tablets and E-Readers in Libraries: Game Changers or are they just Another Mobile Technology?” My decision was that I was uncertain, but suspected they were just another mobile technology. This weekend I got one and I have to say, I love it. I think they can and will be super efficient in various work environments. I’m actually faster at typing on my iPhone. I’m sure as with anything, practice makes perfect, but unless I’m without my laptop, I won’t be typing any more blog posts or writing an proposals on my iPad. If needed, I’ll use my phone to get the thoughts out.

Naturally, my first inclination was to test out our software on the iPad and it works amazingly well. All of the moving text/flashing box notifications work and you can get around quickly if you need to open a new browser window for additional research. Is it as fast as working on a computer? Absolutely not. The iPad fills a strange gap between mobile phone and laptop. My biggest use for my iPad is what I thought it would be: to read blogs and online articles like a book. Only with this “book” i’m able to click on and watch a relevant video as well, very cool. I handed it to my wife to check out and after about 15 minutes, I returned to the room with 3 new games on it, she was playing on of them. I wasn’t too surprised.

I’m happy to say that Mosio’s Text Messaging Platform and Text a Librarian offer great experiences on the iPad, just as our CTO Jay Sachdev, said it would. As we continue to build out more features and solutions for our clients, we’ll continue doing our best to make sure the experience is a good one, regardless of what industry you’re in and which device you’re working on.

The iPad, Tablets and E-Readers in Libraries: Game Changers or Are They Just Another Mobile Technology?

My wife loves to read magazines and books every night after work. I love to read articles on my iPhone. The problem is that when you’re reading a magazine or a book, it’s obvious what you’re doing. When I’m “reading” my iPhone, in her eyes, I’m working. Yes, some of them are articles, news and blog posts about work, but many other times they are not. I can’t think of too many other reasons currently why I’d like an iPad, which is being announced by Apple tomorrow.

Note: I have $.50 riding on the fact that it’s called an iPad and plan on using my winnings to pay for half of a bus ride on MUNI.

There has been a lot of talk around the office about what this and other e-readers will do for the publishing industry and we’ve signed up to get our Kindle Devloper’s Kit, but based on some of the recent news and talks that happened at ALA Midwinter recently, it got me thinking again about libraries and how e-readers and specifically the iPad will change or not change libraries.

Here’s what I’ve determined: Outside of the discussions going on about mobile technologies in libraries, I don’t think it will change it too much. The iPad will offer some great new graphic interfaces where buttons will be bigger, browsing experiences will be more tactile (as the iPhone and other mobile phones do), but e-readers and libraries becoming more mobile-friendly will play into the fact that an iPad will just be a bigger version of the iPhone. Obviously at this point I haven’t seen one, so I’ll update if I’m wrong, but I can’t help myself in thinking people will be holding up the iPad to their ears as a silly joke, looking like they’re talking on an iPhone.

So we’re back to mobile. Do I think libraries should start spending money and resources to develop iPad Apps? Absolutely not. In fact, we don’t think libraries should spend money and resources on iPhone Apps. If you need some great reasons, Michelle Kraft (AKA the Krafty Librarian) just wrote a great piece called “Stop the App Madness” and Jason Griffey’s proclamation of 2010 being the Death of the App is actually something we’ve talked about a lot over here. And while it’s great to see these things talked about in the library community, we’ve noticed that Google is betting on the mobile web, plus some research stating that the cloud will replace mobile apps (and their stores) in the next five years.

All of this said, I’m looking forward to seeing how the iPad and e-readers “change” libraries, but only time will tell. In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to seeing what it looks like and ultimately what it does, other than to let my wife know I’m reading and not answering work emails.