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The Power of Interactive Touch Screen Kiosks in Library Environments

Stimulate learning and create immersive experiences

Libraries have long been considered to be an information hub where people go to learn and expand their horizons. However, with the rapid growth in technology, libraries have faced many challenges in remaining relevant in today’s new-age digital world. Interactive touch screen technology has played an important part in digitalising libraries to make them a more dynamic and interactive space for users to enjoy. In this article, we will explore the power of interactive touch screen technology in library environments, looking at the applications available, the advantages they provide, and how they can foster collaboration, stimulate learning, and create immersive experiences.

How can Libraries Use Touch Screen Kiosks?

Interactive touch screens and touch screen kiosks can be incorporated into a library environment in a number of ways.

Browse Catalogues

Touch screen kiosks are used for document management to assist visitors in effortlessly researching the resources that are available within the library. Users can quickly search for resources by genre, category or use keywords to check what is available for borrowing. Many libraries include all resources in their catalogue search including multimedia content, podcasts, interviews, documentaries, manuscripts, music, and other resources.

Locate Resources

Wayfinding kiosks in libraries help visitors to find the physical location of the resources they would like to look at. Providing digital maps for users to follow, Wayfinding kiosks show an animated path directly from the kiosk to the shelf location without the need to ask a librarian for assistance. It’s a very quick and easy way to navigate a large library with an abundance of resources.

Information Hubs

Touch screen kiosks can be used in libraries as information kiosks. Instead of waiting for a librarian to become available, library visitors can look up answers themselves using a self-service touch screen kiosk. Simple questions can be answered like “How to connect to the internet” or “How do I apply for a Library Card”, and promote upcoming library community events. Self-service information kiosks satisfy users as they can quickly and easily find answers to their questions, and save library staff a lot of time, thereby freeing them up to spend more time with visitors who have more complicated needs.

Interactive Learning

Children are often the most receptive to interactive learning. Incorporating touch screens into the children’s area of a library introduces children to a world of interactive storytelling and educational experiences. Digital books, interactive illustrations, and touch-enabled activities can excite, engage and encourage children to form a love for reading and learning from a young age.

For older students, touch screens can act as study aids, offering quizzes, flashcards, and educational resources so they can learn and understand various subjects.

Virtual Tours and Exhibitions

Interactive touch screens can enable virtual tours of historical landmarks, famous museums, and other significant places of interest. Libraries can partner with institutions worldwide to create immersive virtual experiences for their visitors. Libraries can also host digital exhibitions on touch screens, showcasing rare artifacts, art collections, and historical documents that are otherwise inaccessible due to preservation concerns. This opens up new avenues for cultural exchange and global learning opportunities.

Self Borrow

Touch screen kiosks are used in libraries so visitors can serve themselves in terms of borrowing or reserving books and resources. Users can scan a library card and follow the onscreen instructions by simply touching the screen with a fingertip to enter the required information. Receipts can also be printed or emailed for confirmation and any late fees paid. The self-checkout experience can reduce queues during busy times and ease the burden on library staff.

Community Engagement and Events

Many libraries host events and workshops for community members to attend. Interactive touch screens can enhance these events by helping to deliver interactive presentations, host engaging quizzes and group activities, and encouraging interactive discussions. Touch screen kiosks can also be used to streamline the event registration process.

For users in regional areas, or those who are unable to attend a physical library, touch screens can help to facilitate remote collaboration and learning through virtual attendance. Large format touch screens, like the INTS550-4K 55” ultra HD touch screen can be used to host video conferences, webinars, and virtual events. Librarians can also conduct online workshops and engage with experts from around the world, expanding the library’s reach beyond its physical location.

Enhance Accessibility and Inclusivity

Interactive touch screen technology plays an important role in making everyone in the community feel welcome. The touch screen itself is easy for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to use. Our screens use 10-point multi-touch technology allowing simple finger gestures like pinch, pan, and zoom to operate the screen. Visually impaired users can adjust font sizes or languages at the touch of a finger. Touch screens and kiosks can also be equipped with speakers to support text-to-speech functionality and language translation, and they can be placed at various heights to suit those in a standing or seated position. All of these features create a more inclusive environment to support users with visual and hearing impairments and those who may have language challenges or are in wheelchairs.

Data Collection and Library Improvement

Libraries can collect valuable data on how users interact with the library resources like determining popular search queries and frequently accessed content. The knowledge gained can provide valuable insights into user behaviours and preferences, enabling libraries to make informed decisions about collection development, program planning, and resource allocation.

The Future of Interactive Touch Screens in Libraries

Interactive touch screens have the power to transform community and educational library environments into thriving library systems for all users. By enhancing user engagement, facilitating communication and learning, fostering community engagement, and improving accessibility, traditional libraries can continue to remain relevant in today’s digital society. And as technology continues to evolve, these solutions will play an even more significant role in shaping the future of libraries.

InTouch Screens

More and more library facilities around Australia are installing our touch screen monitors and kiosks for the benefit of their visitors and library staff. InTouch Screens have provided touch screen solutions to many libraries around Australia. We are trusted by;

❤️ Fraser Coast Regional Council Libraries, QLD
❤️ ACT Government Health Library, ACT
❤️ Central Coast Council Libraries, NSW
❤️ Geelong Regional Libraries, VIC
❤️ Lane Cove Library, NSW
❤️ Northern Beaches Libraries, NSW
❤️ State Library Victoria, VIC
❤️ Stanton Library, NSW

If you would like to learn more about transforming your library into a digital hub, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales team. Drop them a line at [email protected] or call 1300 557 219 today.