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  • - A lot of folks think that a librarian

  • is just someone who checks books in and out of a library for you,

  • but that's not true.

  • "Librarian" is a highly skilled profession that requires a lot of specialised training.

  • It's about helping people research and access knowledge,

  • in whatever way makes sense.

  • Through the 20th century, that knowledge was held in books and on microfilm tapes

  • stored in central buildings in each town, like this one,

  • as a public good,

  • which is actually almost miraculous when you think about it.

  • The modern public library is a revolutionary, wonderful idea.

  • Knowledge and information should be available to everyone,

  • not just the rich and not just the clever.

  • In the 21st century, that's still true.

  • A lot of that information might be online now

  • and available through our phones,

  • but in-depth research, searching out truth from fiction,

  • shouldn't be just for people who are able to understand

  • complex academic citations and referencing.

  • If you don't know how to look something up,

  • if you don't even know really what you're looking for,

  • if you don't have the words,

  • the librarian's job is to help you find out.

  • In an ideal world that's what librarians would be doing,

  • not pushing a cart and moving books around by hand.

  • That's why here at Oodi, the new Helsinki Central Library,

  • those books are being moved by a robot.

  • - This Oodi building was built last year,

  • so it's a pretty new building

  • and that's why we have a lot of new technology

  • and new services in here.

  • It has been said that it's like a living room for citizens.

  • So, for example, in the first floor, we have a movie theatre.

  • Then, in the second floor, we have things to do.

  • For example, 3D printers and laser cutters

  • and music studios, and even a kitchen.

  • You can play computer games.

  • We have VR classes there, and gaming computers.

  • Oodi isn't that traditional library,

  • so in the third floor, where we have our books,

  • it's not that silent space.

  • People can talk there freely.

  • And so, we have a few classrooms for silent reading.

  • In normal big libraries,

  • there's usually some kind of returning machine

  • that sorts the books to the right places.

  • We have also that here.

  • The customers can return books from the first floor,

  • and they will come, using the conveyor, to this basement

  • and they will be sorted by genre and language.

  • That's pretty basic stuff,

  • but we are in progress of further automating it.

  • So, we have a couple of robotic arms,

  • and then we have three mobile robots.

  • Those mobile robots will pick up these boxes

  • and they will be transferred by them to the third floor,

  • where staff can shelve the books.

  • Small part of books will be shelved by our robotic arm

  • that will the put the books in shelves.

  • And when the shelf is full,

  • it will be transferred by those mobile robots.

  • Then we have some plans to use mobile robots

  • in nights to scan the books with RFID antennas,

  • so we know if there's any books in wrong places.

  • Those mobile robots that we are using

  • are planned so that they can avoid collisions with people.

  • If someone gets in front of our robot

  • it will calculate new routes

  • and find another way to get to the right position.

  • At least at this point, there hasn't been any accidents

  • or things like that, so the robots and humans

  • have been getting together very well.

  • And people are quite curious about them

  • and why we have them here, and what they can do.

  • - This library gets a lot of press for its robots.

  • There was even a design prototype with googly eyes

  • that guided people to the shelf they wanted.

  • But most people can read a map or follow directions.

  • The real job of the robots here

  • is the same as robots everywhere: automation.

  • Don't waste the librarians' time with tasks that a computer can now do.

  • If you think public libraries are just about collections of books then, yeah,

  • of course they seem outdated.

  • Public libraries in the 21st century can be where you go to borrow a book,

  • that's not going to stop,

  • but libraries were never just about books.

  • They're about information. Free at the point of use, no price tag.

  • They're about collaboration and communication.

  • And about making sure that everyone can find truth.

  • Most libraries don't have robots,

  • but every library does have librarians.

  • And they're what's important.

  • Thanks so much to all the team at Oodi for showing me around.

  • Find out more about them by clicking the link in the description.

- A lot of folks think that a librarian

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為什麼赫爾辛基的圖書館機器人並不重要? (Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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