Without any doubt, we can say that technology had made a lasting impact on all sectors. People today expect to be able to find and access information from wherever they are. This makes challenges for the libraries and deeply impacted its structure – physically as well as conceptually. Because of this reason, most of the libraries across the country have increased the number of computers, onsite Wi-Fi to check out books to use inside the library. But in today’s digital world simply focusing on increasing the number of system or space of the library is not sufficient. As we move forward into the digital age to continue the libraries must not only modernise their physical appearance but also their marketing and should take the advantage of new technologies. Like an ever-evolving smartphone technology, a smart library is constantly assessing to make the future a reality.
In order to survive in the ever-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) landscape, libraries need to welcome digital signage, beacon technology and Augmented Reality. Beacons are small, Bluetooth Low Energy transmitters to send information to Bluetooth enabled mobile devices within an adjustable range. In a library environment, use of beacons is very important. Like that cloud hosted digital signage is also having importance in the future Smart Library.
Today websites and mobile apps are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage users. But the integration of mobile apps with the IoT will be the best practices that you can adopt for library. Check out some advantages of using IoT and mobile apps in library.
Libraries can target members and non- members in the nearby area, by lure them via SMS with beacon technology and then display a welcome message on their reception screen with digital signage as they walk in.
When a person walks in, digital signage can be used to show directions to each of them. And Beacons allow the library authorities to know before whether the person is a member or not, the person got past the foyer if any books had already been borrowed, and help them even to find the book if they were misshelved. The beacons can also learn the person’s preferences to serve a more personalized experience as he or she walks toward another collection.
Beacons can be placed anywhere in the library and send users off on a tour. When a user gets to each location their phone plays them videos, or audio, and gives them more information on how to get the most from that area.
The beacon allows library authorities and users to know how much they owe, and it also have the capability to let users pay it without making them queue for a till or a card reader.
Beacons allow users to easily check the availability of PCs, scanners, books within their phone when they enter the library. For school libraries, beacons help students look up seats and study materials that are vacant.
In the same way, when a user enters into the library with the digital signage the library can show the detailed information of the books that are available there. Beacons can send notifications about the specific books on a shelf.
Digital signage and beacon technology in libraries naturally attract attention and can even be a source of additional revenue through advertising. Libraries should also need to modernise their communications too if they want to remain relevant to younger generations. The beacon technology and the digital signage represents a new way for the library to provide and market the resources and services in a way that is consistent with the communications methods being employed by today’s digital device users.
Are you ready to begin implementing a beacon technology, digital signage strategy and mobile apps for your library?
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