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January 14, 2011 / Christian M.

New Vending Machines: Would You Like Chips, M&Ms …. or a Library Book?

Well, I made it through the first week of classes. I am taking two courses: “Organization of Information” and “Libraries and Information in Society.”

During “Libraries and Information in Society,”  the professor split us into small groups and passed out different articles for us to discuss. The articles included news such as a job ad for an instructional librarian, a study stating Latinos use phones for internet more than Caucasians, and info on televisions being used for internet access. We shared how these situations were relevant to libraries and information in society.

These are two articles that I found most interesting:

Book Vending Machines – A library in Palm Harbor, FL has installed a vending machine in front of the library building that is stocked with bestseller books and recently released DVDs. It is free to use, as long as you own a library card. The vending machine is a response to budget cuts that have decreased library hours. It is an attempt to continue to provide some service even when the building is closed.

Medical Journal  iPhone/iPod app – The CHEST Journal is a publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. They have just launched a free app. It provides universal access to full-text content within the app without having to link to an outside website.  Journals and online resources are crucial in the medical and science fields.  This app will be very helpful for physicians and medical librarians, who are in need of  information on-the-go.

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  1. Lesley / Jan 14 2011 8:22 pm

    This sounds like it was an interesting class session! I really like the idea of book and DVD lending-vending machines!

    • LibGirl09 / Jan 18 2011 2:13 pm

      I agree, the book/dvd machines are a great idea to help fill in the gap of shortened branch hours. It will be interesting to see how many other library systems implement this option.

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