ST PAUL, Minn. – March 3, 2011 – Northeastern Colorado's High Plains Library District has completed installation of a 5-bin Model FX 3M Intelligent Return and Sorter System at three of its branches - Farr Regional, Carbon Valley and Centennial Park. The Library District serves about 230,000 residents in Weld County and the surrounding area. This is the latest step in its implementation of 3M RFID that began in 2007.
The Library District introduced self-service in 2007 in response to the region's rapid population growth -- to take some of the workload off the current staff and to allow the staff to move throughout the library where they could interact with patrons as they look for items or information. At that time, 3M RFID was chosen as a long-range solution and self-service checkout has now reached a minimum of 80 percent at five branches and more than 90 percent at two facilities which were added in 2006.
In 2010, the High Plains Library District purchased the three automated materials handling systems. According to Jody Hungenburg, manager of the district's Farr Regional Library at the time, "We researched other automated materials handling systems, but decided to stick with 3M because it has such a strong track record and the price point was good. Another consideration was the design, which seemed less likely to damage items as they were being handled. That's a big thing for us. With budgets so tight, we can't afford to be replacing a lot of damaged material." Hungenburg added, "3M has been a good match for us, and everything has worked out the way they said it would."
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