Earlier this year Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School based in Lincolnshire, UK, became the first school to install a range of RFID and self-service products offered by Bibliotheca, leading the way for the use of this technology in the UK schooling market.
The grammar school, which is recognised as a high performing specialist Science, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages school and was once attended by Margaret Roberts (who later became Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister), installed the RFID equipment in order to modernise their library facilities and reduce staff assistance during busy periods.
The equipment installed in the library included Bibliotheca's smartserve 300, a self-service kiosk dedicated to the school market that has the capacity to check in / out up to 20 books at any one time, a set of smartgate 300 security gates, which prevents the removal of unauthorised items from the library, the smartstation 100 desktop solution and 10,000 RFID smartlabel 200 tags.
One of the considerations in commissioning Bibliotheca to undertake the installation was that the School's existing Library Management System, MLS Eclipse, could be integrated with Bibliotheca's liber8 software, and that the School could continue to use their existing database of biometric (fingerprint-derived) borrower IDs. Bibliotheca worked extensively with their partner MLS to ensure that all software was fully integrated and the existing biometrics were compatible with the new liber8 software.
Since the completion of the installation in January staff at the School have had more time to undertake other duties and conduct lessons in the library. Val Mansley, Learning Resources Manager, comments: "The new kiosk has allowed us to increase lesson contact with students, while also freeing up time to organise events promoting reading, rather than just issuing and returning items. The process of borrowing, returning and renewing books is fast and efficient, especially when dealing with large numbers of students at lunch and break times. Additionally, the design of the kiosk is appealing and unintimidating - the students are very enthusiastic in their use of the kiosk."
Paul Dalton, Bibliotheca's Senior Vice President of Sales, commented; "we are extremely proud to work with a reputable institution such as Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School. Installing our dedicated school kiosk, along with incorporating biometrics technology, was a first for Bibliotheca and we are delighted that we were able to work alongside our partner, MLS, to deliver results that the School is benefiting from."
Bibliotheca look forward to the continued deployment of their RFID offering in the school market, providing a faster and more convenient issue and return process in school libraries across the UK.
Bibliotheca is the world's largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of library technology solutions, designed to improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service. We focus on public, private and academic library markets. Our reach extends across the globe, with direct operational offices in North America, Europe and Australia, together with a range of distributors covering Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to work with over 3,500 unique library sites with a deployed equipment range in excess of 5,000 individual self-service units and over 100 automated materials handling (sorter) systems. In satisfying this range of customers, Bibliotheca has deployed well over 200 million RFID labels to the library sector alone, and continues to supply in excess of 50 million each year.