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Mississauga Library System to deploy bibliotheca RFID solutions

Leading library technology provider bibliotheca is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Mississauga Library System in Canada after being selected to provide RFID self-service and security solutions in all of its branches.

The contract, which has been awarded to bibliotheca through its relationship with leading ILS/LMS vendor SirsiDynix, is part of the System’s strategy to offer an improved member experience and more efficient workflow in all 18 libraries through the introduction of RFID technology by 2015.

Commencing in October 2013, the project began with the tagging of the System’s entire library collection using a range of bibliotheca’s RFID tags from its smartlabel™ collection. With a tagging team made up of eight staff members, over 1.3 million items, including media items, will be tagged and converted as each library transitions from barcode to RFID technology. Once underway, it is expected that the first two libraries will be complete and RFID ready by summer 2014, with all other libraries to follow.

The project will see a range of bibliotheca equipment, both hardware and software, installed in the System’s libraries, including a total of 44 self-check touchscreen monitors that have been configured exclusively for the Library System and that will enable members to easily check-out their items and manage their accounts. The installation will also include a number of bibliotheca’s smartstock™ 200 handheld devices, which allow library staff to search for specific items and conduct full inventories, 65 smartstation™ 200 systems, which offer fast and efficient programming capabilities as well as check-out and return functions, and a selection of RFID enabled security gates.

One of the main factors for the Library System converting to RFID technology is to offer members an easier and quicker way of checking-out and returning their library items in addition to providing them with the ability to check-out multiple items in one transaction. Rose Vespa, Director of Library Services for the Mississauga Library System, comments: “Incorporating RFID technology into Mississauga’s libraries will not only streamline the process of borrowing and returning library items, but it will also allow our customers to benefit from the extra functionality that the self-check systems offer. We are extremely excited to work with bibliotheca who is a very trusted name in the library world and has worked extensively on successful projects with both SirsiDynix and a large number of libraries in the Canadian area”.

Dan Denault, Business Development Manager for bibliotheca Canada, also commented: “Darin Currie, General Manager for bibliotheca Canada, and I are pleased to welcome the Mississauga Library System to our ever growing family of Canadian customers. We are looking forward to working with the staff of the City of Mississauga and the library staff to make the implementation a great success”.

Al Coalla, bibliotheca’s President of North America, adds: “We are honored to be selected by the Mississauga Library System to work on such an exciting project. We are positive that by listening to their needs, and then meeting these needs with our first-class knowledge and expertise, we can help them achieve their objective of offering an enhanced library service to their members and communities”.

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

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