Robots have arrived at the library. The newest staff member at Longmont Public Library in Colorado is a robot prototype named Bibli. It can tell a story, answer patron’s questions, and show patrons where materials are located within a limited amount of space. Bibli was built for this library to engage with library patrons–especially those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—and explore partnering with industry.
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Bibliobot. That is the name given to the robotic librarian that was created in Longmont, Colorado, by the Longmont Library Innovation Team. The Innovation Team worked on a low-cost robotics program to create Bibliobot. Longmont (CO) Public Library (LPL) partnered with Robauto, a Boulder-based robotics company, and Jalali Hartman, the innovator and creator of Bibliobot, which is a library robot prototype created to serve children with autism.
Special Access Browsing is an after-hours program designed for kids on the Autism spectrum and their families. Our library opens up its Children and Teen Services Department when the library is normally closed just for this patron population. We also try to offer a craft or program at the same time. Our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community has responded well to these events.
Sensory-enhanced storytime at Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries (DCL) is an inclusive program developed for all ages, children through young adults, who are on the autism spectrum or differently abled, and presented at a preschool level of development. Everyone is welcome at each of our library storytimes, but we began this storytime because some find greater enjoyment in its modified environment of a closed room where lighting and music are lower, movement and conversation are encouraged, and there are multiple ways to engage through the senses. Public libraries offer many programs based on their patrons’ age, abilities, interests, and other factors, and sensory-enhanced storytime at DCL is another expression of our commitment to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Core Values of Librarianship.
Libraries are in the business of providing resources and programming for everyone. Holding programs for children with autism fits perfectly in our model and is a great way to reach out to a population that might not have been served as much in the past.