HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – October 30, 2008 – Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to 350+ libraries worldwide, is selected the RFID technology provider for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NIH Division of Library Services, through a comprehensive range of information resources, services, and knowledge, advances the highest quality of research and service by NIH and selected HHS agencies. The prestigious resource library serves the biomedical and behavioral research needs of the NIH community.
In selecting an RFID partner, the NIH Library had one primary goal: to simplify the library’s circulation and enable library staff members to spend more time interfacing with more than 18,000 researchers, clinicians, and active NIH staff on the main campus alone. To accomplish this very important task, the NIH Library purchased 235,000 Bibliotheca RFID book tags as well as 1,000 Bibliotheca CD/DVD RFID tags.
Bibliotheca’s RFID tags, with renowned BiblioChip technology, automate sorting, handling, security, and inventory management. The tags are rewritable for 100,000 re-writes so information can be edited and updated to comply with future data model formats. 1,024 bits of on-chip memory provide room for growth as needs expand, and each tag is guaranteed for the life of the item to which it is originally affixed. BiblioChip RFID tags are also ISO-compliant and integrated with the NIH Library’s Millennium ILS software.
The NIH Library will also take advantage of the BiblioChip RFID tags’ unique, intelligent detection capability of "knowing" when components are missing in a CD/DVD pack—without the hassle of opening the pack and processing each item individually. Not only will patrons be automatically alerted at self-check kiosks when returning incomplete CD/DVD packs (thereby not allowing them to return the media), but librarians will also be alerted to incomplete returns of media packs during automated sorting.
The NIH Library is currently converting its collection with Bibliotheca’s mobile conversion cart and plans to install Bibliotheca’s single- and dual-configuration security gates as well as two Bibliotheca self-check kiosks by January 2009. According to Lamar Jackson, president and CEO Bibliotheca Inc., "The NIH Library is interested in RFID technology because it will simplify their circulation. The library considers Bibliotheca’s self-check kiosks as aesthetically pleasing and designed to be intuitive for patron use. Bibliotheca’s working relationship with their ILS vendor, Innovative Interfaces Inc., is also a plus."
About Bibliotheca Inc.
With global headquarters in Switzerland and operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, Bibliotheca Inc. has been the second largest global provider of practical, scalable RFID solutions. Based on renowned BiblioChip technology, our RFID solutions offer unparalleled integration with ILS systems for optimal staff efficiency as well as easy-to-use, intuitive user interfaces for both patrons and staff—all with the backing of an international company that offers true global customer service and support. We've made the move to RFID smooth for over 350 libraries worldwide.