Maryland Offers Online Librarian Help, 24 Hours A Day

from the for-those-3am-research-needs dept

Librarians must be getting especially bored these days. As more and more people have figured out that they can research stuff online, fewer are going to library to ask for help. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I was in a library. So, if people aren’t going to the library any more, it seems that the librarians are going where the people are: online. If you live in Maryland and can’t find what you’re looking for online, there’s a librarian online, waiting to help you out, 24 hours a day. Sounds like a great service, though I wonder how they justify the cost if it becomes too popular.

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Chris (user link) says:

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I actually use the library more now, primarily because of a nifty applet that automatically checks availability at my local library from any Amazon or page. Several times I’ve been on the verge of buying a book only to learn that the library one mile from my house had it, and it was checked in.

As a long term data storage tool, books are still the standard. I’m pretty sure my CD-R’s and floppies will be useless in 20 years. My books will still be readable though.

John says:

libraries are still interesting places

In addition to online resources, my public library has all kinds of books and print resources (many that have no online alternatives), music on cd, film on video, and magazines that cannot be accessed online without a paid subscription. Most importantly the library has people. Though I spend hours online everyday, I find that librarians and patrons I can talk with face to face give it a special dimension.

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