White Bear Lake, MN – August 30, 2006 – El Dorado County Library (CA) has chosen RFID technology and self-checkout from Tech Logic in anticipation of rapid growth in the library's service region.
"We chose RFID self-checkout because our older security system did not successfully allow self-checkout of any kind," El Dorado Director Jeanne Amos commented. "Like all libraries, we were looking for ways to streamline our procedures, use fewer staff to perform routine procedures, avoid repetitive motion injuries, and empower our patrons to interact on their own with the library (pick up their holds, check out their materials privately). With the construction of a new branch, the time seemed ripe for taking advantage of the latest technology and incorporating it fully in all our procedures. At the same time, we could begin the retrospective tagging of books at our other libraries for their eventual conversion to the new system."
The library will implement Tech Logic Combo Station® self-checkout stations in conjunction with RFID technology. The self-checkout stations reside at the circulation desk with two screens, enabling staff to quickly assist patrons, if needed, without leaving the circulation desk. "Our particular interest in Tech Logic self-checkout centered on the combo units that allowed staff to work behind the desk to assist patrons as well as the minimal information that was stored on the tags with just an on-off indication of checked in or checked out," Ms. Amos commented. "As the population of the city of El Dorado Hills continues to grow (it is only half the size that it will be when ‘build-out' is completed) and the size of the collection increases, I hope that self-checkout will allow us to grow to meet the demands of the community with only a small increase in staff."
El Dorado County Library has six locations, including its central library. The newest facility is the El Dorado Hills Branch, a 16,000 square foot building able to house 60,000 items.
The library uses a Tech Logic Automated Material Handling system in its El Dorado Hills Branch. The system includes a hands-free book return from which the system checks in and sorts items by location. "We have a simple sorting system," Ms. Amos said. "The books that belong at the El Dorado Hills location are checked in and go in the largest bin. Those that need attention are routed to two other smaller bins. It greatly simplifies and speeds up the checkin process, as we are trying to place the books directly on carts and move them out to the public areas as quickly as possible. And it is very entertaining! The public can watch the book drop doors open and see the books check in and sort themselves when they are on tours. They are impressed."
El Dorado County Library uses a Sirsi integrated library system.
The library joins over 36 customers encompassing 128 libraries using Tech Logic's RFID technology.
About Tech Logic
Tech Logic designs, manufactures, and installs state-of-the art book drops, automated conveyor delivery systems, inter-library distribution systems, and RFID and barcode checkin and self-checkout systems. The company's material handling systems have revolutionized the way materials move throughout a library and its branches.