Chicago PL "unveils high-tech library upgrades"

According to an article in today's "Chicago Sun-Times": "Library patrons can now renew and reserve books from their home computers and download audio books and digital music, thanks to an $11 million technology expansion almost entirely paid for by largesse generated by the Chicago Skyway lease.",library062408.article Am I missing something? Is this for real? I honestly thought I was accidentally reading an article from 2002.


Totally real. One of the major responsibilities of reference librarians to date (and ONLY ref librarians were allowed to--go figure) at the branches was to put books on hold for patrons. I spent hours with a couple of patrons who had LISTS of books they wanted put on hold. 10 at a time, we'd whittle down lists.

I was baffled by how far behind CPL was technologically. Glad to see things are finally starting to catch up.