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City, county libraries partner on digital content

“A city-county rivalry over digital library services has eased with the announcement of a new partnership between the San Antonio Public Library system and the all-digital Bexar County BiblioTech. Mayor Ivy Taylor and County Judge Nelson Wolff disclosed the pact with vows to improve cooperation between the SAPL and the new county library system, which at times appeared to be competitors. BiblioTech, the nation’s first all-digital public library system built from the ground up without physical books, has been praised globally as an innovator. Yet its 2013 debut raised concerns at SAPL. The city’s similar but less glitzy digital services haven’t garnered the same attention as BiblioTech.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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Libraries without physical books find a niche in San Antonio

“Next summer Bexar County (Texas) will open a library in a housing project on the West side of San Antonio. There will be iMacs, iPads, laptops and hundreds of e-readers, but no physical books. This is the second library to be exclusively digital in San Antonio. Visitors can check out an e-reader for two weeks and pick from a selection of 25,000 books, or surf the Web on one of the library’s computers. The first branch — what Bexar County is calling a BiblioTech— opened in September 2013 and had more than 103,000 visitors in the first 12 months it was opened. Nearly 68,000 e-books were checked out during that period.” (via The Washington Post)

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SAHA, Bexar County partnering to build the library of the future

“Bexar County and the San Antonio Housing Authority have forged a new partnership to establish the first digital public library in a housing authority community. The details of the partnership will be announced this afternoon at the Gardens of San Juan Square community at 2003 S. Zarzamora St.” (via San Antonio Business Journal)

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San Antonio airport installs digital library kiosks for travelers

“The San Antonio International Airport has unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips. The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000. The kiosks will allow library patrons to browse the library’s digital media content which can then be checked out and downloaded onto a mobile device for a limited time. Materials can be checked out for three weeks at a time before expiring.” (via San Antonio Business Journal)

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Library system funding feud a page-turner

“I hate a bad breakup. It’s worse when you can’t even pick a side. One such breakup could be brewing between the San Antonio Public Library system and Bexar County. Maybe using the word breakup is too strong but, if these two can’t make it work, we’ve all got a lot to lose. Here’s the story: The relationship began way back in 1936, long before anyone had issues with billboards stinking up the landscape; the county kicked in a fee so residents who lived outside San Antonio proper could use the library’s facilities.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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