Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Physical Tagging for Books!

Haarlem Oost is a branch library in the Netherlands that wanted to encourage visitors to add tags to the books they read. To do this, the library didn’t create a complicated computer system or send people online. Instead, they installed more book drops and return shelves, labeled with different descriptors like “boring,” “great for kids,” “funny,” etc. (not quite like above, but a photo of the real system follows)

Physical tagging! Such a super idea, But the library has now abandoned the system because people were using the system so seriously that it took them a lot of time per book to decide where to place it. That caused some logistic problems in the (small) building, especially as they have some peak times.

Nonetheless, what a great idea and a fun concept!

Found over at Nina Simon's Blog

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