The new Librarian at the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana
a Robotic Librarian. The books will put in specially designed
metal bins and the students can select any of the obscure books from
that they want then the robotic crane device goes fetches selections
to an accessible location for the students to pick up at their
convenience. The school hopes to eventually have about 600,000 books
in their system for check
out. (Other colleges also have installed simlar devices.) The high
tech library building
will cost about $33 million. I don't think they have such a cool
robotic librarian at my old alma matter. :-/
Sorry about that. If I knew it was registration only, I would not
have used them. It wasn't last night when I posted from work.
Perhaps I registered with them in the past or something.
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Why are they doing this? 33 million dollars?
A few low wage librarians, plus the bunch of unpaid volunteers they get
to run the library, is a great magnatude cheaper.
It's sort of a bummer, I have many fond memories of browsing through
the books at the library, discovering long lost books in the far
corners of the library to peruse. I remember looking for a certain book
for research, only to discover better ones right next to it. Those
index catalogues are still almost useless. many books aren't even in