Robots...The New Librarians
The LA Times reports: "It's not often that a librarian is warned to stay away from the bookshelves because of high voltage and that students aren't allowed to roam freely through the stacks - but it's becoming more common.
At Chicago State University only robots are allowed to browse most books and archives. Books are supplied with RFID chips, and to get a particular book, students and faculty must log onto the library's website from home or school and place an order for a title.
Once the order is received, the library's computer system directs a robotic crane - dubbed "Rover" by the librarians - to retrieve one of more than 6,300 bins. Each bin holds the equivalent of four bookshelves.
The crane then brings the bin to a workstation at the front of the warehouse, where a HUMAN BEING--a librarian--picks up the book.