HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – July 2, 2009 – Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to 400+ libraries worldwide, announced today that Multnomah County Library (MCL) has chosen the company to provide a range of BiblioChip RFID solutions for use at its central library in Portland, Ore., and at branches throughout the county.
The library’s multi-phase investment in Bibliotheca systems begins with BiblioChip RFID tags that comply with the Open Danish Data Model, meaning these tags are readable by Bibliotheca systems and other vendors’ systems. Phase 2 involves implementation of the BiblioChip suite of solutions throughout the library’s branches, including Biblio StaffStation units with shielded antenna pads for use by library circulation staff, even in metallic environments, and transparent, highly efficient BiblioGate VI security equipment.
In the third phase of MCL’s RFID plans, Bibliotheca’s open, interoperable RFID solutions will be integrated with Innovative Interface’s Millennium Express Lane software for easy-to-use patron self-service capabilities.
"With annual circulation in excess of 20 million items, MCL is in an enviable position among urban libraries," said Vailey Oehlke, MCL director. "This RFID implementation with Bibliotheca will allow us to keep up with our ever-increasing materials handling workload and provide even better service to library patrons."
Lamar Jackson, Bibliotheca CEO and president, stated, "Bibliotheca continues its West Coast expansion with Multnomah County, a recognized leader among urban libraries. Not only does this contract represent significant new business to us, but it also represents a partnership opportunity for us. We look forward to working with Multnomah County throughout its three-phased RFID project to achieve the library’s mission-critical objectives."
About Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the 16 libraries that make up the library system house 480 computer search stations for the public and a collection of over two million books and other library materials. Multnomah County Library ranks #1 in circulation per capita among large urban libraries in the nation with an annual circulation of over 20 million items. Two new libraries in leased facilities are also under development (Troutdale and Kenton) and are expected to open between December 2009 and February 2010. The opening collections will be RFID tagged prior to delivery to the new facilities.
As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services.
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.