From a post on Joe’s main blog where he was discussing the realities of the current ebook marketplace:
Libraries, like Bibliotech in Texas, are able to directly meet the new demand. For the link-lazy, this is what Bibliotech is doing:
Provide all Bexar County residents the opportunity to access technology and its applications for the purposes of enhancing education and literacy, promoting reading as recreation and equipping residents of our community with necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the 21st century.
Through BiblioTech, residents of Bexar County will be able to access over 10,000 current titles through e-readers that they can check out to take home or read on the premises. Residents will also be able to use their own e-readers or tablets to access the collection.
BiblioTech currently has 600 e-readers, 200 pre-loaded enhanced e-readers for children, 48 computer stations, 10 laptops and 40 tablets to use on-site. Additional e-reading accommodations will be made for the visually impaired.
Am I the only one who wants to live in Bexar County?
Bibliotech is at the forefront of what the libraries of the future could look like as community information hubs. For more, read my last post on the current and future state of libraries.
**It’s worth noting that as I write this quick little post – from my home in San Antonio (that’s Bexar County by the way), where it’s currently sunny and exactly 72 degrees – Joe is experiencing the winter of Illinois and 20 degree temps with snow that I’m fairly certain hasn’t let up for two straight months. So cheers to Bexar County and the team over at Bibliotech!**