Library upgrade with RFID
City Library is about to become ‘‘radio-active’’. Its new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is installed, tested and ready for the official launch this Thursday.
Provided by Australian company Bibliotheca, RFID is a proven, user-friendly, intuitive system that is in use throughout Australia, in the US, the UK and Europe.
The library’s Shannon Simpson says the previous technology was 20 years old and had reached the end of its life.
‘‘The new system is much faster, more innovative and more efficient. It will allow our staff to spend more time with our public.
‘‘Libraries are so much more than books. We help teach people digital skills and tips for devices. We help people create their own content, show how to access e-books and online databases, and provide traditional reference and research services .’’
The central library and branches remained open, with all services available during the installation of the system last week. It went live on Friday.
Living Room of the City manager Linda Moore says among its advantages, RFID includes a new returns and sorting system that will reduce staff handling of returned items by 80 per cent, meaning returned books and DVDs are back on the shelves faster.
The system also automatically updates library members’ accounts, with borrowers able to pay fines and unlock DVDs themselves, saving queues at the counter.
The library’s ‘‘Love your Library Card’’ campaign has been aimed at encouraging everyone to bring their card with them so they can use the new system.
‘‘If you have lost your card, please ask staff for a replacement , which is free of charge, at present. Those with smart phones can take a photograph of their card or download an app to store their card.’’
Library staff will be helping borrowers understand how to use the self-service system, and any groups who would benefit from a tutorial can ring 356 8199 to arrange a time.
The official launch is on Thursday, July 2, at 4pm at the Central Library.
The Joliffe family Tara, Max (11), Abby (9) and Emily (4) from Palmerston North get a first-hand introduction to City Library’s new Radio Frequency Identification system, which is officially launched this week.