RFID in Stirling Libraries

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An overview on how Stirling Public Libraries have implemented RFID. Examples range from a singe-staff library, an unstaffed library, and a housebound service. Presented by Robert Ruthven at teh SLIC/JISC RSCs in Scotland RFID event held in Glasgow on 17 Sept 2008.

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  • RFID in Stirling Libraries

    1. 1. RFID in Stirling Libraries
    2. 2. Background <ul><li>Public Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>16 Libraries & 2 Mobile Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>52.3 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>6 Single Staffed Libraries </li></ul>
    3. 3. RFID in Stirling Libraries <ul><li>Cambusbarron Library </li></ul><ul><li>Raploch Xpress Library </li></ul><ul><li>Housebound Service </li></ul>
    4. 4. Cambusbarron Library <ul><li>Busy Part Time Single Staffed Library </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving service for users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free-up staff time for value added activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing the profile of libraries </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Cambusbarron Library <ul><li>Procurement and Planning </li></ul><ul><li>RFQ </li></ul><ul><li>DTech chosen supplier </li></ul><ul><li>Siting of unit </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Kit <ul><li>One self-issue terminal </li></ul><ul><li>One staff work-station </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld unit for inventory </li></ul><ul><li>No security system </li></ul>
    7. 7. How are we using it? <ul><li>Issue only </li></ul><ul><li>Books only </li></ul><ul><li>Renewals </li></ul><ul><li>Not used for material with a charge </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cambusbarron Library <ul><li>“ You’re not getting rid of Rosemary?!” </li></ul><ul><li>1 hour per day freed up </li></ul><ul><li>Usage across all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Popular with users </li></ul><ul><li>Low maintenance </li></ul>
    9. 9. Raploch Community Campus <ul><li>PPP initiative bringing together; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community college facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lifelong learning facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public library facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nursery </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Unstaffed library in a Community Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Space </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a basic level of service for campus users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the work of partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the profile of libraries </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>DTECH Stand Alone </li></ul><ul><li>Unit </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Security Gates </li></ul><ul><li>CCTV </li></ul><ul><li>Returns bin </li></ul><ul><li>c.1000 items of stock </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a basic level of service for campus users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the work of partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the profile of libraries </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Housebound Service <ul><li>Sustainable service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Faster throughput of stock </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving best value and choice </li></ul><ul><li>The right cassette in the right box every time. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Housebound Service <ul><li>Tagging does make multi-cassette units faster to check and pin-points missing cassettes or wrong cassettes. </li></ul><ul><li>There seems to be an effective maximum number of tags. </li></ul><ul><li>But fails with multi-cd talking books. </li></ul><ul><li>A stronger ‘pad’ might make it possible to check whole basket as once but not yet. </li></ul><ul><li>Reconsidering best use of this kit. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Future developments <ul><li>Killin Library – extending opening hours </li></ul><ul><li>National Entitlement Card </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability? </li></ul>
    17. 17. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Must have supportive staff </li></ul><ul><li>RFID self issue does free staff time </li></ul><ul><li>CD group issues/returns unsuccessful </li></ul><ul><li>Users will adopt the technology </li></ul>

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