Checking in technology at BU libraries

By Erika Mahoney

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Here's something you may not have known -- the libraries at Binghamton University started with no books in 1953.

Today, they've grown to more than 2.5 million in volumes, and 38,000 of those books are digital.

The library system at BU welcomes technology.

The dean of libraries said Monday at a university forum, it may come as a surprise how many people still rely on libraries to get their information

"This fall we had 270,000 visits in our libraries in one month alone," Dean of Libraries John Meador said.

To adapt to a digital world, the university has a digital preservation system.

"We are very excited that in terms of digital, we are one of the first academic libraries in the country to obtain a digital preservation system that is being used around the world."

Students can even digitize some material on their own, and for free.
Meador said the walk-up digitizers are very easy to use.

The machines have touch-screens, and students can save the digitized material to flash drives, or email it.