As easy-to-use self-service scanners become commonplace in libraries across the country, the debate over the future of photocopiers is changing. Once, digital scanners were seen as a convenient supplemental service, while the multi-function copy machine was the temperamental workhorse of the library.
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According to a 2013 Deloitte study, eight in ten college students own a smartphone, and 32% own a tablet or e-reader of some kind. Today, those numbers are even higher. Mobile technology has changed the way your students work within the library setting, so scan-to-mobile technology is quickly becoming a library necessity.
It’s the cold, hard truth: academic libraries no longer hold the importance they once did in the minds of many students and faculties. While they are still essential, it’s the perception of their prominence that’s declined since the advent of the internet.
The world of academic library science is shifting. With the advent of the internet, ebooks, online university classes and e-readers, academic libraries serve different functions than they did only a few years ago. In 2014, those changes are even more pronounced – particularly along certain library management trends.
The budget for your academic library is tight. When it comes to scanning technology for your library, you need the device that’s going to give you (and your students) the most benefits and the least cost. When it comes to library book scanners, though, which is more cost-effective: a flatbed scanner or an overhead scanner?
In an academic library, your vitality hinges on keeping students engaged with your servicesand resources. Without students, your library wouldn’t exist – no books, no stacks, no databases, no computers.
As a librarian, you work with data every day, and you know that some data are more valuable than others – especially when it comes to running your library. You keep track of circulation numbers, late fees and wait lists, but what about data for your digital library technology, like book scanners?
Library technology costs money. That’s a fact. But what most librarians overlook is the fact that this cost is quite small compared to the savings that technology’s efficiencies and innovations bring to your academic library.