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Robots have become commonplace in certain industries such as manufacturing. After all, automation increases speed, efficiency, and volume. Increasingly, librarians are looking to such technology to do more for their own patrons. One of the pioneering forces in library automation is GoLibrary, the invention of Swedish manufacturing company DISTEC AB. GoLibrary is essentially a vending machine for library books, a drop box that files and keeps track of all of its materials without human assistance and can operate around the clock in just about any location. Niclas Wigartz, DISTEC AB managing director, says the biggest selling point for GoLibrary is the ability to circulate materials at any time of the day or night. The marketing and service benefits of remote automated locations are clear, but they also require a considerable upfront investment (Library-a-Go-Go machines cost as much as $100,000 each).
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