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Staff-Less Libraries by Carl Gustav Johannsen

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3

The Development and History of Open Libraries

Abstract

Chapter 3 looks at today's open libraries in seven different countries in the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) perspective and in broader European and global contexts (Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States).

Much emphasis will be put on the technology and the underlying technological trends that will influence the development the next years. Especially, the high tech companies that have created the development in close cooperation with libraries will be in the center of the story. The section on technology owes a great deal to assistance and input from Bibliotheca and Cordura. Besides, the presentation of the existing open library technology, the section also presents ...

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