HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – January 13, 2010 – Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to over 1,000 library locations worldwide, announced that North Scituate Public Library, Rhode Island, will be implementing Bibliotheca BiblioChip RFID labels as well as staff and security solutions. After completing renovations, the library plans to go live with Bibliotheca solutions in the September 2011 time frame. North Scituate is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium and will be the second public library in the state to adopt RFID technology.
According to Leslie McDonough, library director, "We are experiencing a continuing trend of higher circulation and no increase in budget for staff hours. Our current barcode solution is not as efficient as we would like. Because the BiblioChip RFID software allows the check-out/in of multiple items in a stack (including media packs), materials will return to shelves and into the hands of our patrons more quickly, freeing up our staff to spend more time assisting patrons with their needs."
Inventory control and security were also important factors for McDonough: "Although we have not had a significant loss in materials, we feel it makes sense to protect our investment with an RFID security solution, especially with a significant rise in circulation." The new BiblioGate VII provides the same level of optimal 3D detection as Bibliotheca security gate predecessors but also features an additional sensor for prevention of false alarms as well as a standby mode for reduced energy consumption.
"When it came down to choosing an RFID provider, it was important that we find someone who actually listens, treats us like individuals, and doesn't try to ‘cookie cutter' us into their model. We also needed a company that was willing to work with us to find an RFID solution that fits within our budget. Bibliotheca has a good reputation and came highly recommended to us by other libraries," concluded McDonough.
"North Scituate Public Library is a great example of a smaller library that decides to invest in RFID technology," said Lamar Jackson, president and CEO, Bibliotheca Inc. "Just like their larger sister institutions, smaller libraries are discovering RFID to be a key part of their plans for dealing with budget constraints and limited resources."
About North Scituate Public Library
North Scituate Public Library serves a population of 10,696, hosting a range of community activities and events for all ages each year. The library manages a collection of 38,043 volumes and circulates 75,246 items per year.
OSL is Rhode Island's consortium, offering state-wide catalog access, free database access, research tools, digital downloads and technical support to nearly 50 member public library systems. OSL circulates more than 6.9 million items annually to more than 520,000 registered library card holders.
About Bibliotheca Inc.
With global headquarters in Switzerland and operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, Bibliotheca Inc. is the second-largest global provider of practical, scalable RFID solutions. Based on renowned BiblioChip technology, our RFID solutions offer unparalleled integration with ILS systems for optimal staff efficiency as well as easy-to-use, intuitive user interfaces for both patrons and staff – all with the backing of an international company that offers true global customer service and support. Call 1-800-892-5971 or visit www.bibliotheca-rfid.com for more details.