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Implementing robotics in library services

Tanmay De Sarkar (Central Library, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

Issue publication date: 25 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The main purpose of this paper is to explore how robots are being used in the library to transform library services and what are the future possibilities of application of robots in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Analyzing various library websites and consulting literature relating to the use of robots in libraries, the current application of robots in libraries has been enumerated.

Findings

With the practical examples of libraries using different types of robots, this study summarizes diverse activities of artificial intelligence-mediated robots: managing the shelf, controlling circulation workflow, assisting in document retrieval, transporting articles, acting as subject guides, attending reference queries, etc.

Originality/value

This paper highlights how the introduction of robots in libraries improves the service productivity and creates a more engaging environment with the user group. The benefits and challenges of using robots in the library and the future possibilities are also discussed.

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Citation

De Sarkar, T. (2023), "Implementing robotics in library services", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 8-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-11-2022-0123

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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