New Surpass Self-check integrates with Surpass library automation software to enable patrons to check out their own materials and obtain basic account information independently. The result is that patrons are served more efficiently and library staff have more time to devote to other tasks.
The kiosk unit is a table-top design with an attached barcode scanner. It can also be outfitted with an RFID reader for libraries that have implemented Surpass' RFID security solution. The kiosk is a full solution, ready to set up in the library.
Jarrett Volzer, president of sales and marketing for Surpass stated, "As we considered adding a self-check station to our product offering at Surpass we found that the industry as a whole is still trying to break the $10,000 price barrier for self-check stations. We knew that this would be out of reach for most of our customers, so we set out to put together a complete hardware/software solution for less than half of that amount. We're excited to announce that we've succeeded!"
Benefits of Surpass Self-check
For schools. Media specialists have more time to work with patrons. Students, faculty and staff can easily circulate their own materials and inquire into their accounts. Media professionals are freed to help patrons select and use materials.
For religious and special libraries. Patrons can easily circulate materials when the library is unmanned. Volunteers can assist other patrons while those who have selected materials check out on their own.
For understaffed media centers. Surpass Self-check automates rote tasks, freeing library workers to plan, shelve and meet patrons' research needs.
For corporate libraries The library can be available the entire work day even if the company doesn't have a full-time staff member to man it. Employees can select and check out materials and inquire into their accounts freely throughout the day.
Anyone can use Surpass Self-check
On screen prompts and a simple check-out procedure make the kiosks easy for all ages and abilities to use. A successful scan produces an affirming "beep" and displays the book jacket (where available) for visual verification. Patrons appreciate being able to "help themselves." Children and adults alike enjoy the touchscreen process.