HUNTSVILLE, Ala. July 1, 2010 Bibliotheca Inc., open RFID solutions partner of choice to 1,000 library locations worldwide, announced today that Auraria Library, serving three academic institutions in Denver the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and the Community College of Denver will be outfitting its tri-institutional campus library with Bibliotheca dual-aisle hybrid gates as well as hybrid self-check stations. Installation is scheduled for the third quarter of 2010.
BiblioHybrid solutions, with BiblioChip RFID technology, work seamlessly with libraries' current electromagnetic (EM) barcode and RFID systems to make the transition to RFID as easy and affordable as possible, while integrating tightly with ILS systems to enhance efficiency for library staff. BiblioHybrid solutions also offer sleek, user-friendly designs that library management and patrons will find visually appealing.
BiblioGate Hybrid security gates offer the perfect solution for libraries in the process of transitioning to RFID. They not only trigger acoustic and visual signals when patrons attempt to exit without properly checking out materials, but they simultaneously detect library materials fitted with EM or RFID security devices.
Bibliotheca's Biblio SelfCheck Hybrid solution supports patron self-service for checking materials out and in as well as account management functions, such as extending due dates, for library collections that include materials fitted with both EM barcodes and RFID labels.
According to Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian/Director of Auraria Library, investing in RFID technology for the academic library is important: "We continuously strive to improve customer service for students, faculty, and staff. Our academic community members aspire to independence in conducting research. In the digital realm, this requires searching successfully for e-resources in licensed databases. When using print collections, they expect self check-out options. We, in turn, want superior inventory and security for library materials.
"We were looking for an RFID solutions provider that is well regarded in the industry and offers good value for the money," continued Somerville. "And Bibliotheca has developed and integrated their RFID workstation software in collaboration with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. This ensures smooth interoperability between the existing library management system and the RFID check-out stations."
Transitioning to RFID is an investment that provides immediate benefits for both patrons and staff. Somerville concluded, "In these difficult economic times, we must steward institutional dollars well. RFID offers us the further advantage of locating missing books' in the stacks, thereby saving precious staff time and replacement dollars. We will quickly recover the staff salaries for employees who formerly sat at the circulation desk, checking out materials. Their expertise can now be applied in new service delivery programs, which enhance user experiences."
About Auraria Library
Located in downtown Denver, the Auraria Library is the only one of its kind in the nation uniquely serving three schools on one urban campus: the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. In addition, the Auraria Library serves the largest campus population in Colorado nearly 50,000 students and 1,800 faculty and owns nearly 1 million print books, 150,000 e-books, 44,000 e-journals and 300 databases.
About Bibliotheca Inc.
With global headquarters in Switzerland and operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, Bibliotheca Inc. is 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 1,000+ library locations worldwide. Call 1-800-892-5971 or visit www.bibiotheca-rfid.com for more details.