The Esther Dewitt Nixon Library of the Central Arkansas Library System now uses RFID tags to keep track of library materials, and to support its new self check out systems, according to a local news report.
The library closed its doors for a brief period at the beginning of the month to install RFID tags on its approximate 58,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines. With the new system, library patrons scan their library cards, enter individual PIN numbers, and then stack their books on a pad over the RFID tag reader to be checked out.
The changes are aimed to improve efficiency in monitoring inventory, and reduce the amount of time patrons spend waiting in line. And with the new self check out systems, library workers can focus their attention on helping patrons find what they are looking for on the shelves.
Officials say the Central Arkansas Library System already has converted seven of its branches to the new RFID system and should have the final branches converted by the end of the year.
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