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Saturday, February 23, 2013

9 Very Specific Rules from Real Libraries

This article from Mental Floss made me laugh.

Laptop "Vending Machines" in Libraries

Some universities now have laptop kiosks where students use a touch screen to verify identify and the kiosk dispenses a laptop that the student can rent for a specified amount of time.

The obvious advantage is the portability of laptops. The disadvantages are the costs of implementing the technology and potential security issues. What does the library do to make sure laptops get returned on time without being damaged?

I also wonder if this will eventually be more commonplace in libraries, especially public libraries?

If your library is currently using this technology, how well is it working? Does the use justify the cost? How do you overcome potential security issues? Please respond in the comments.