HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – July 7, 2009 – Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to 400+ libraries worldwide, announced today that three member libraries of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), headquartered in Framingham, Mass., have selected the company for a wide range of open, industry-standard BiblioChip-based RFID tags, self-check stations, security gates and staff solutions, as well as professional services.
The Public Library of Brookline, Wellesley Free Library and Cambridge Public Library will be the first three MLN member libraries to install Bibliotheca products. Other MLN libraries can easily purchase additional Bibliotheca equipment through the Brookline/Wellesley/Cambridge contract when their funding becomes available. The Goodnow Library in Sudbury, Mass., recently committed to becoming the fourth MLN library to invest in Bibliotheca solutions through this contract.
These MLN libraries selected Bibliotheca because of the following reasons:
- The company’s use of an open architecture in its RFID solutions, thereby ensuring long-term, flexible use of Bibliotheca products with other vendors’ products
- A proven ability to work with integrated library system (ILS) vendors (Innovative Interfaces, in this case) to provide seamless interoperability with ILS systems and to execute joint product developments such as the Item Status API
- A demonstrable track record of success supporting major libraries, particularly those running the Innovative Millennium ILS
- Bibliotheca’s unique willingness and ability to either support its own patron BiblioChip self-check software and hardware solutions or those from other sources, including Innovative’s Express Lane software
The contract with MLN libraries includes the following Bibliotheca RFID offerings: BiblioChip RFID tags, which conform to the Open Danish Data Model; BiblioGate 3D high-detection security gates; Biblio SelfCheck software; Biblio StaffStations; BiblioMobile conversion carts for use by library staff in converting library materials from barcodes to RFID tags; BiblioChip RFID software to support the Innovative Express Lane self-check software; and associated RFID services that will ensure ongoing, successful use of the libraries’ RFID investments.
"The consortium model has long been recognized as a very efficient and effective approach to providing library services to diverse communities such as those served by MLN," said Lamar Jackson, Bibliotheca CEO and president. "We look forward to working with the Minuteman Library Network to provide the custom, flexible RFID solutions it needs to support its staff and provide efficient service for patrons’ ever increasing library usage."
About Minuteman Library Network
The Minuteman Library Network (MLN) is a consortium of 41 libraries with 64 locations and a Central Site staff that work collectively to provide excellent service to its library users. The members include 35 public and 6 college libraries in the Metrowest region of Massachusetts. The vision of the Minuteman Library Network is to foster a strong community of libraries providing people with optimal access to resources and information. This vision is realized through the Network’s mission to strengthen member libraries through innovative and economical technologies, efficient resource sharing, collaboration and shared expertise.
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 400 libraries worldwide. Call 1-800-892-5971 or visit www.bibiotheca-rfid.com for more details.