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Rare books – reader spaces

As I have been looking into rare books I have began to wonder about the reader space. I think it would be good if both the physical and electronic copies could be explored together.

rare book photo

for example

  • a digital wall allowing you to have a collection of images in front of you with the physical ones in your hands to compare, over lay etc.
  • a  touch screen desk which once you lay the physical item onto it,  digital images are also loaded onto to it, links to articles, comments etc.
  • software and hardware allowing users to maniplate images and text from the digitised version

I have very  limited experience of reader spaces within libraries with rare books collections so am interested to hear more about the type of facilites that are available and if there is any successful examples of utilising technology to enhance the physical items within a collection.

2 comments

1 Gary Green { 04.23.10 at 12:26 pm }

I wonder if you do the touch screen idea using an RFID tag on the physical image? I gather you’re thinking of copies of the rare book image and not the original rare manuscript. Being able to put the item on/near the screen and it triggering links out to articles related to that image would be great.

2 damyanti { 05.05.10 at 7:44 pm }

When writing this I was thinking of handling the original manuscript alongside the digital version, but I really like your idea of the proximity of the item triggering links & making it a smart object.

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