HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – January 13, 2009 – Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to 350+ libraries worldwide, today announced that it will provide the Meridian Library District in Meridian, Idaho, with a range of BiblioChip Hybrid RFID solutions that work with both the electromagnetic (EM) strips and RFID tags used by the library and the consortium of which it is a member. The Meridian library will use Bibliotheca products in its new Silver Stone branch to provide visually attractive self-service stations for use by patrons, to enhance productivity for library staff and to set the stage for the library’s transition from EM to RFID.
"Even in a slowing economy, we remain committed to expanding library services to our community," said Patricia Younger, Meridian library director. "That’s exactly why we are opening our new Silver Stone branch, a modern library environment with sleek, patron-friendly self-service stations that will bring more people from our community into the library." The library purchased three Bibliotheca BiblioChip Hybrid self-check stations that make it easy for patrons to take advantage of the library’s resources, while maximizing library staff members’ efficiency in serving them. Compelling features of the BiblioChip Hybrid self-check stations include:
- Simultaneous support for both EM strips/barcodes and RFID tags
- Open, non-proprietary technology that interoperates with other RFID solutions
- Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface for both patrons and staff
- Outstanding functionality for check-out, check-in, fine payments, etc.
- Unparalleled integration with the library’s ILS software, SirsiDynix’s Horizon, for optimal staff efficiency
- Sleek, European-inspired design with a 21st-century look and feel
Other BiblioChip RFID solutions include BiblioStaff Stations; BiblioGate Hybrid security gates with triple antennas for industry-leading 3D read rates of EM strips and RFID tags; 3 handheld BiblioWand Lite inventory wands for on-site inventory control and fast location of misplaced and reserved media; 15,000 book labels and 5,000 CD ring labels. Future expansion will include adding more BiblioChip book and CD ring labels as well as a 24x7 BiblioReturn kiosk and 3-bin automated sorter system.
"Speaking of efficiency," continued Younger, "our investment in Bibliotheca Hybrid technology positions us to begin making the move to RFID now at our new branch, then over time move our entire collection to RFID at a pace that’s right for us. The Bibliotheca approach permits us to transition to RFID efficiently and cost-effectively."
"Bibliotheca is fortunate to work with library leaders all over the world," added Lamar Jackson, president and CEO of Bibliotheca Inc. "Meridian library is showing other libraries in its neck of the woods how to make the most of RFID investments, and we’re pleased to be their strategic partner in this exciting future."
About Meridian Library District
The mission of the Meridian Library District, located in Meridian, Idaho, is to provide a comfortable, safe place where all members of the community feel welcome to relax, study and learn. Special emphasis is placed on providing current, high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats, including books, videos, CDs, computer databases and the Internet. The library places special emphasis on stimulating young children’s interest and appreciation for reading and learning, supporting K-12 students and supporting lifelong learning for adults.
About Bibliotheca Inc.
With global headquarters in Switzerland and operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, Bibliotheca Inc. is the RFID solutions partner of choice to more than 350 libraries worldwide. For more than a decade, Bibliotheca’s reputation has been built on delivering a complete line of practical, scalable RFID solutions that optimize library circulation workflow, staff productivity, and customer service. And everything Bibliotheca offers is backed by a global customer service organization committed to the success of our customers. Call 1-800-892-5971 or visit www.bibiotheca-rfid.com for more details.