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#Library5 Day 4

Libraries have always been at the cutting edge of new technology, from offering access to the Internet and PCs when these first became popular to now providing 3D printers and VR to patrons. The theme for Day 4 was all about how the technology in libraries has evolved over the years, and some of the posts shared really highlight how libraries use technology and digital resources to support their communities.

  • Culture NL showed us the evolution of their Log into Learn Centre at Motherwell library – from desks and chairs in 1967 to a much more modern space filled with PCs today. E-services librarian at CultureNL showed how his own digital evolution has been decreased use of the notepad and increased use of the iPad.
  • The Maps department at the National Library of Scotland shared the evolution of their website where online maps have been available to view since 2002.
  • From Tape Copier to USB Copier at Shetland Library.
  • Casettes and videos taken over by SoundCloud and Vimeo at the Scottish Poetry Library
  • We loved seeing all of the old card catalogues which have now been replaced by online library catalogues: some exampels from Advocates LibraryMerchiston Library,  and City of Glasgow College. Though online catalogues are fab and make library collections much more accessible, it is great to see that so many libraries can still show us how it used to be done.
  • CDs and slides at Edinburgh Central Library.
  • We were definitely expecting to see some Microfiche readers on Day 4. National Museums Scotland Library delivered and so did Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy Library with this fab throwback to the 80s!
  • It’s amazing to see the services available to students – borrow a laptop at University of Glasgow Library. Check out the comparison of laptops to the very first computer held at the library – the Superbrain! Old PCs and another potential Superbrain were shared by the University of Stirling library too.
  • WCS libraries showed us all how old and new maps come together using digital technology.