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The new Seattle Central Library (opening on May 23rd) has the following items which make me shiver with jealousy:

  • free wireless access in every corner of the library
  • sound domes that contain the music coming from speakers in the YA area from leaking into other parts of the library
  • wireless “smart” necklaces that let library staff communicate and respond from anywhere in the building
  • 400 public use computers
  • software that will provide a floor map diagramming each book’s location, so the catalog will tell you a book’s call number and show you exactly where to find it (being developed by a library staffer)
  • a book sorter that uses RFID chips to automatically take the items to the correct bin or branch truck

Thanks to Baa Baa Blog for the link.

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