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This is an extension of Google Map Car, consisting of a
Segway that stops by the library on the Google Car Route
and does a tour of the book shelves -- the way they look
right now, and sends that up to the web so people can
browse their public library shelves the way they look
This wouldn't be accurate enough to let you know what is
actually present at the library at the moment, but,
serendipity is the name of the game in browsing. I use
audible, the library of congress NLS service and the
internet in general to find books, and I do most of my
searches by keyword, or by those, "if you like" services,
and I can never find what I want like I can in the stacks.
It's not just the realwolrdness of it either, the visuality
the ease of gaze shifting to the next book, or the
organizational skill of librarians, ok maybe it is a little of
all of these. But data bases and keyword search do
definitely NOT cut it.
What is needed is a virtual browse where the vagaries of
the real world library shelf are translated into the virtual
world in the form of a google maps reader for libraries.
cart the auto navigates library shelves translating the
organizational changes, the missing books, the stains
to the online world for browsing.
Maybe you could combine world cat, libravox, google
books, and google maps, so have the infinite availability
of the online world combined with the localness of the
||If this is not implemented at once I will start crying.