(ST. LOUIS: March 6, 2008) FKI Logistex (www.fkilogistex.com), a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, recently installed a self check-in and sortation system at the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library branch (www.sfpl.org). Using the library’s existing barcodes, the customized system fully automates the Main Library’s return system to increase capacity, provide fast, easy self-service for patrons, and reduce turnaround time for items’ lending availability.
By designing the automated return system to work with the Main Library’s existing coding structure, FKI Logistex eliminated the need for expensive RFID tags and time-consuming retagging of the library’s 1.2 million items. The Main Library can now process its annual circulation of more than two million items at a rate of 2,100 items per hour.
According to Ken Cordes, director of FKI Logistex Library Solutions, the new installation also reduces heavy lifting for staff and enhances the overall experience for library users. "The automation of repetitive, ergonomically challenging and time-consuming handling tasks allows library staff to devote more time and energy to patrons," he said.
The San Francisco Main Library installation includes two Library Mate self-service check-in kiosks, where patrons can automatically make returns using an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Returned items are conveyed to an FKI Logistex MiniSorter and routed to one of 26 return-to-shelf Ergo Cart ergonomic book carts and volume containers, or eight high-capacity Ergo Trolley destinations. The system also includes two staff induction stations where library employees can log in to modify sorter locations without rewriting the software.
"Patrons and personnel alike are delighted by the new system," said Kathy Lawhun, chief of the Main Library. "The amount of time required to reshelve items was immediately reduced from a matter of days to a matter of hours. Patrons also enjoy the ease with which they can make returns and get receipts using the Library Mates, not to mention watching their return items being conveyed and sorted to the Ergo Carts."
Located in the San Francisco Civic Center across from City Hall, the Main Library renovation was a year-long project to open up former staff space to the public, add more shelving capacity and make service desks more visible. FKI Logistex began designing the system in February 2007, and installation was completed in January 2008.
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