The iPhone app, called ShelvAR, scans a dozen book spines at once and detects errant titles. Viewing the shelf through a tablet PC, the user sees incorrectly filed books highlighted, and on-screen arrows point to their correct place on the shelf. One Per Cent: Augmented reality app keeps libraries tidy.
Is the time and cost of placing labels on all the titles off set by the time wasted searching for mis-shelved books worth it? Automatic sorters do this in large libraries that have automated book drop sorters. Would this be worth it for your smaller library with volunteers or interns reshelving your titles?
Bo Brinkman is an associate professor of computer science and software engineering at Miami University, in Ohio. A specialist in augmented reality and computer ethics, he happens to be married to the university’s art-and-architecture librarian. Hearing his wife talk about trying to motivate student workers to do more shelf-reading got Mr. Brinkman thinking about creative solutions to the problem. The app he came up with, tentatively called Shelvar, relies on special tags—kind of like QR codes—attached to the books’ spines. Each tag “exactly represents the call number” of each book.
See video of Dr. Brinkman's demonstration at this link. Augmented reality - library tasks
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