Thursday, 18 August 2011

RFID tagging completed

Following on from our previous updates we are pleased to say that the process of taggung the library's stock with RFID tags has been completed, over a week ahead of schedule. There should now be a lot less noise in the library, but we will be embarking on a move around of books to try to get the overflow items on to the shelves so there will be some disturbance.

The completion of the tagging means that all items can now be issued on the Self Service units without having to scan the barcode - see this recent post for details. We are busy trying to identify those items that may have escaped being tagged but it looks like these are few and far between.

We would like to say thank you to our readers for coping with the disturbance over the past few weeks.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Self service made simple

It was tempting to entitle this post "Purple spot? In the slot!" but this should be the one and only time this catchy slogan will be seen in public.

One of the purposes of putting an RFID tag in each of our books and DVDs is to simplify the process of issuing and returning via the self service workstations. With the taggers now working on Level 3 we have reached the point where the majority of items are now tagged so the images on the workstation screens have been changed to reflect the fact that borrowers no longer need to find and scan the library barcode for items being borrowed or returned.

If the item has a purple spot on it all you need to do is place it in the V-slot on the workstation and remove it when prompted. Please only place one item in the slot at a time. Items that do not have a purple sot or that are not detected can still be borrowed or returned by scanning the barcode. In particular items that have been on loan for the past few weeks may have escaped being tagged and will need to have their barcodes read. We will catch and tag those on their return.

Library cards still need to be scanned as usual when borrowing or when checking your account in order to renew items or pay fines.