Blacksburg, VA - Fruitville Public Library in Sarasota, Florida has received VTLS' RFID inventory control and will begin to use the new technology to monitor their 60,000-item collection. The library also has reported a steady increase in the percentage of circulation at the VTLS RFID patron self-checkout station.
"Many patrons have reported that they prefer the convenience of checking out their own materials," says Richard Nesmith at Sarasota County Libraries Administration. "About forty percent of monthly checkouts have been made through the patron self checkout station since installation."
In addition to enjoying the convenience of self-checkout, the Fruitville library also easily discovered some inventory oversights when using the VTLS portable inventory wand to scan a portion of the juvenile section. These errors included a misspelling on the spine label that caused material to be misshelved, a misprogrammed RFID tag, labels that mismatched the location code, books in transit that had never been checked in, out of place books and incorrect stickers on the spine.
These discoveries in inventory oversights are generated because the VTLS RFID software can compare the shelf list report (title, call number the current circulation status) to the tags that are shelved. With this software, libraries don't need an inventory module in the ILS system; library staff can get a shelf list report without having to purchase an inventory control module. Therefore, library staff can perform the inventory function without the complexity of the inventory control module.
The portable inventory wand scans up to twenty items per second without removing material from the shelf. The portable inventory wand supplements the other RFID components already in use in the library including EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) pedestals at the library entrance and the RFID interfaces at the staff circulation desk and technical services area.
The VTLS RFID solution interfaces with VTLS' Virtua ILS as well as other library systems. Currently VTLS has six RFID installations in North America.
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. (www.vtls.com) is an ISO 9001 quality certified company. By focusing on customers and anticipating their needs, VTLS has succeeded in becoming an international leader in integrated library automation, digital imaging services and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. VTLS products and services have helped to create smarter academic and public libraries, museums, archives and corporate research repositories throughout the United States, Canada, and 32 other countries. A diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries gives VTLS a global perspective of the industry and compels the company to abide by strict international standards.