Robots get bookish in libraries


Charles Davis writes "More good press on the robobrarians, this time from The BBC. They say Libraries are the "perfect environment" for robots.
Currently, libraries are more concerned with attracting people to their shelves, and offering users a browsing experience.

"If it actually kept a record of what it digitised on demand, it would be a good way to approach the digitalisation problem as it would be demand-led, so that someone else could also look at it," said a spokesman for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

"The problem with all of these futurologies is that something like that would require investment in hardware.""


In this week's "Ex Libris" column, titled "Unclear on the Concept," Marylaine Block has some interesting things to say in response to all this press about the "robobrarians."

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