Bloomfield, Conn. – The San Mateo, Calif. based Peninsula Library System, which serves all the public and community college libraries in San Mateo County, is benefitting from mk Sorting Systems in providing one of the most technologically advanced service solutions to busy on-the-go library patrons, resulting in 24-hour access.
Equipment arrived in Millbrae last week and will be operational by the end of the year at the BART transit station, located at 200 North Rollins Road. The mk LibDispenser lets library patrons enjoy the convenience of reserving, borrowing, renewing and returning library materials any time. Two browsing stations access a collection of up to 876 items with easy future expansion options. The result is a fully-automated service - a stand alone branch - integrated into the member library's management software (ILS) via SIP2 communication.
Aided by California State Library LSTA grant funding, the mk LibDispenser provides additional library access to over 746,000 residents of San Mateo County who use the mass transit system in the area. San Mateo County's BART station is a major end node located in between San Jose and San Francisco and also one of the busiest transit centers in Northern California.
"Residents of San Mateo County have often requested - through surveys, focus groups, and staff communications - more accessible services, longer access hours, and more convenient pick-up and drop-off locations for library materials," states Wayne Walker, Operations Manager for the CALIFA Group. "The interest of BART in partnering with the members of the Peninsula Library System to install a LibDispenserTM in its station is an opportunity to provide such service elements to transit riders," explained Walker.
"We developed the mk LibDispenser with the goal of bringing library services to patrons in unique settings outside the traditional library environment," says Markus Flory, President of mk Sorting Systems. "We are very excited that the BART station in Millbrae is an ideal location to benefit transit riders with on-the-go library service."
About mk Sorting Systems
mk Sorting Systems, a subsidiary of mk Technology Group, develops and installs user-friendly self service, sorting and RFID systems and book dispensing solutions for libraries. mk offers individual, customized automation solutions designed to meet each library's specific needs. For sales and marketing information, contact Kristin Vogel, Sales and Business Development Consultant at 1-860-760-0438 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit mk Sorting Systems on the Web at www.mk-sorting-systems.com.