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The dewey decimal system works
very well for finding sections of
books but it needs a bit of help for
those individual books. Sections
aren't all the same size and neither
are the libraries so sections will tend
to wrap around corners and other
However, if there were three lights
per shelf section and each light had a
particular RF tag AND the computer
stored the book numbers based on
their location to the light then finding
a book would be as simple as looking
for the row and then looking for the
The timer for how long the light stays
on could be determined by the size
of the library. This feature is for
people who tell the computer that
they are looking for the book but
never actually look for it.
OR, for those who want to look for a
book without the time limit or need
to check out books from many parts
of the library can have this modified
By the computer where you do your
search you can scan in your library
card. The computer then stores that
you are currently doing a search.
Then you can swipe your card by the
row where the book is and the light
will go on. The light will stay on for
From the computer you can then save
or delete searches, that way you can
go back to the books and reference
them for years.
Most widely used library classification system in the world. [salachair, May 27 2005]
||How about a scraping sound, such as that made by a maniac killer with a hook for a hand as he scrapes it on the side of the car while you and your honey are making out inside of it in a dark forest.
||No, the librarian should hand you a wrist strap attached to a bungee cord under extreme tension. The other end is attached to the shelf in question.
||This could simultaneously be an electricity conservation tool for libraries, by ONLY turning on the lights that are near books people are searching for. Of course for that to work, everyone would have to start their search at a catalog terminal. If you knew the stacks well and went looking on your own you'd need to carry a flashlight.
||Come to think of it, in the US wouldn't this be the "LC Light"? Do any libraries still use the Dewey system anymore here?
||How about putting a passive ID chip in every book, and then take a programmed receiver with you. As you approach the right stack/book the receiver will beep, getting louder.
||Chip would also provide inventory control.
||Very good idea fog, or proximity
sensors so when you move the
book the light goes off.
||//Do any libraries still use the Dewey system anymore here?// Err..... yes. See linky.