Library Technology Guides

Document Repository

Checkpoint installs Intelligent Library System at University of Pennsylvania

Press Release: Checkpoint Systems, Inc. [June 28, 2000]

Copyright (c) 2000 Checkpoint Systems, Inc.

Abstract: Checkpoint Systems, Inc. announced that it has completed the installation of its Intelligent Library System at the University of Pennsylvania''s Annenberg Library.

THOROFARE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2000--Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), a leading provider of supply chain management and security solutions worldwide and an innovator in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, today announced that it has completed the installation of its Intelligent Library System (TM) (ILS) at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Library. The University of Pennsylvania joins Farmington Community Libraries in Michigan, Rockefeller University Library in New York, among others, who have reported dramatic results in reducing materials handling time by as much as 75%.

Checkpoint's ILS, built upon leading-edge RFID technology, is based on the Company's vast experience in library loss prevention and RF technology. The ILS uniquely gives libraries patron self-check-out and check-in, inventory control, circulation management and loss-prevention, all integrated into a single system. The ILS can eliminate the labor of manual material checkout and return processes, while controlling losses through electronic article surveillance. The technology also allows wireless materials inventory management.

"The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Library is a model for the library of the future. We wanted to ensure that our technology was in sync with the library's aims to better serve our patrons and turned to Checkpoint to help us achieve our goal," said Susan G. Williamson, Librarian of the Annenberg Library. "With Checkpoint's Intelligent Library System, we were able to install state-of-the-art security elements and make operational improvements, like 24-hour-per-day patron self check-in and self-check-out, all with a single, safe technology."

Checkpoint's ILS functions via a unique circulation circuit embedded inside the collections. This circuit operates its own local area network (LAN) and functions as a security alert, triggering an alarm when books are removed from the library without permission. But the ILS goes much further than just security because it incorporates operational efficiencies that make a librarian's most time-consuming tasks less burdensome. Among other features, ILS

  • Facilitates patrons' self check-in and check-out via access control cards used by students and faculty members for entry into campus buildings
  • Is the only library system that can identify specific items at exit by title
  • Provides circulation circuits that are easily concealed in books and other materials
  • Eliminates the possibility of failure to turn on book security since the wireless technology controls activation of security through the library's software
  • Has wireless inventory wands to facilitate shelf inventory, preventing misplaced or lost books
  • Is a single technology pioneered by a provider specializing in wireless tracking systems for libraries of the future
  • Does not interfere with other electronic equipment such as computer monitors and fax machines
  • Will not damage videos, cassettes and software

"We asked librarians around the country what they wanted from an automated library technology and developed our Intelligent Library System(TM) in specific response to their needs," said Emmett Erwin, Director of the Library Division at Checkpoint Systems. "We are confident that this system will help the University of Pennsylvania complete its migration to the library of the future."

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is a $750 million multinational company that manufactures and markets labeling systems designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide value-added label solutions for customers across many markets and industries. Checkpoint is a leader in the development of RFID technology across all industries and a leading provider of RF source tagging, barcode labeling systems, EAS, hand-held labeling systems, and retail merchandising systems. Applications include automatic identification, retail security, and pricing and promotional labels. Operating in 27 countries, Checkpoint has a global network of subsidiaries and provides professional customer service and technical support around the world. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.'s web site is located at

View Citation
Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 28, 2000
Publisher:Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Place of Publication:Thorofare, NJ
Company: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Products: Intelligent Library System
Libraries: University of Pennsylvania
Subject: RFID technology
Online access:
Record Number:7636
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00