Need Help Shelf Reading? There’s an App for That

How many hours, as a librarian, do you spend shelf reading? It’s a never-ending task. You get to the point where you cringe every time you watch a patron shelve their book in the wrong spot! I just recently finished shelf reading the Dewey decimal system, which took some time, because I would get going and get half way through the shelf and a patron would come in, so I was always jumping from the non-fiction section to the front desk.

Well, the folks at Miami University’s Augmented Reality Research Group has created an application to work on the Android cell phone, that will read a book shelf, that has a specific barcode on the spine of the book, and “flag” the book that is out-of-place and tell you where it’s supposed to go.

This app is supposed to be demoed at the Association of College and Resource Libraries 2011 Conference, next month.

Would this app save you time? Do you think that purchasing the app for your phone, would be worth it?

Small Town Librarian ♥

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