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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: Library services go on-line, Survey shows U.S. still values libraries, Library to get New Inter-Library System

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Checking out technology: E-readers at Adair County library

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The greening of public libraries

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Tacoma Public Libraries Mobile App

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ALA Honors Five Libraries for Offering ‘Cutting-Edge’ Technologies

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Largo Library Checks In a New Checkout System

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Death of library greatly exaggerated

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Lodi Library to offer laptops for members to take home

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More than just books: Pew study details how technology has changed libraries

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Library services go on-line

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3D printers turn library into place of dreams

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Survey shows … U.S. still values libraries

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Library goes digital with magazines

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Today’s libraries offer much more than just books

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Libraries open horizons by heading outdoors

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Library blends Victorian elegance with modern technology

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Library of Congress Will at Last Convert 8-Track Collection to Digital

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Library use continues to increase

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Survey Finds Rising Reliance on Libraries as a Gateway to the Web

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Library has help for those challenged by computers, Internet

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Public library an evolving destination point

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Library to get new inter-library system

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New library collection highlights good reads, the old-fashioned way

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Millions of items checked out at Kentucky libraries

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Column: Rome library updates for changing times

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On Presidents’ Day, a rare peek into the heart of the Library of Congress

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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.