You may have noticed work stations in the aisles and wondered what was going on.
Those are “conversion” stations and we are adding RFID tags to all our materials…. books and AV items. These tags have been called “the new barcode” and combine materials identification and security. We will soon get new security gates for the entrance / exit area and different “work pads” at the circulation desk which will allow a stack of materials to be checked out all at one time, rather than one-by-one.
Early in 2009, we plan to add a self checkout option for patrons who prefer the do-it-yourself route. We’ll then replace our current circulation desk and information desk with a combined one to provide better service to our patrons.