15 March, 2010
The Prescott Public Library in Arizona has an easier means of sorting returned books, DVDs, and other loaned items, all with the use of RFID, reports The Prescott Daily Courier.
An automated sorter, with RFID technology provided by Tech Logic, reads tags placed on each returned item that is dropped into the return bins. It then processes each one and sorts them into five bins according to their categories – DVDs and CDs, children’s, nonfiction/teens, fiction and exceptions, which patrons had checked out from other libraries.
Employees can now focus their attention on the patrons of the library rather than checking in materials, which prior to the new system took up to three employees at three separate stations to perform.
The sorter also provides ergonomic benefits for employees as the returns bins raise from the floor, alleviating stress placed on employees’ backs from repeatedly having to bend over to retrieve items.
The Prescott Library also recently installed a self-checkout system with the same RFID technology, enabling library patrons to scan and check-out several items at a time.
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