November 09, 2007 -- Norcross, GA. Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., will be installing its Apex RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology in North Carolina's Hickory Public Library. The system will include Apex XpressCheck patron self-service kiosks, an Vista AutoReturn Book Drop and the patent-pending Apex AV Xpress security case unlocking system.
"We chose ITG because we felt they had the most intuitive system," said Mary Sizemore, director of the Hickory Public Library. "It had all the features we wanted and did everything we wanted it to do. We visited another ITG library in South Rowan, North Carolina, and they were so happy with the product that it sealed the decision for us."
The library has two locations: the main facility, the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, and the Ridgeview Branch. The library's growing collection includes more than 115,396 volumes, 9,272 videotapes and 6,946 audio recordings. Nearly 35,000 patrons use the library each year.
To accommodate the growing number of patrons, the Hickory library will use Apex XpressCheck patron self-service kiosks and Vista AutoReturn Book Drop to speed up check out and return times. The library will also increase the security of its materials by installing ITG's patent-pending Apex AV Xpress security case unlocking system. Locking cases will help prevent theft of multimedia materials and RFID tags will alert library staff members if a patron leaves with an item improperly checked out.
"The Hickory Public Library represents the forward-thinking trend of RFID adoption that is exploding in the library system marketplace," said Ken Evans, vice president of sales and support for ITG. "We're glad they see their future with ITG and SirsiDynix. This sale adds another library in the southeast United States to our customer list. We are always happy to provide products and services to libraries in our own backyard, which continues to expand daily."
SirsiDynix, as part of its partnership with ITG, introduced Apex RFID to Hickory. Both firms worked closely with the library to determine the needed components.
"It is so exciting to see more and more libraries recognizing the advantages and benefits that RFID can provide," said Chris Harris, senior account manager for SirsiDynix. "It is always positive to see organizations, like the Hickory Public Library, be willing to embrace change for the good of patrons and staff."
About Integrated Technology Group
Integrated Technology Group (www.integratedtek.com) develops, markets, and supports library automation technologies that empower librarians to make operations more efficient and better serve their patrons. ITG's products include patron self-checkout, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and Automated Materials Handling (AMH) systems. With over 30 years experience in the library industry, ITG combines smart technology and progressive design to create standard solutions that can be easily customized to meet site-specific requirements. ITG, a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.