The Rise Of Digital Vending Libraries
Faced with budget cuts, authorities are embracing new technologies that can replace physical libraries and human employees.
The Wall Street Journal reports on new technologies that are replacing traditional libraries with book vending machines and computer-operated lockers. Many of the libraries in the US are faced with budget cuts and are going the digital route, which means no librarians and no card catalogs, only kiosks that dispense books and DVDs at any time of the day, thereby cutting back on infrastructure and staff costs.
But some experts are concerned with machines replacing real institutions and people. The Wall Street Journal explains: