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Ottawa Public Library and bibliotheca complete first stage of RFID installation

North America’s largest bilingual (English and French) public library system, Ottawa Public Library (OPL), has announced the completion of the first phase of its RFID project this month with the RFID tagging of the system’s entire library collection.

Commencing in May 2012, the project entailed tagging (converting) OPL’s entire collection of over 2 million items from barcode to RFID technology using bibliotheca’s smartstation™ 700 mobile tagging units, and has seen a team of 12 ‘taggers’ and one team leader work endlessly across OPL’s 33 branches (together with two bookmobiles and a central materials handling centre) to ensure that each item was tagged and prepared for the next stage of the installation.

To mark this occasion OPL and bibliotheca held a small celebratory event recognising the hard work and efforts paid by those involved in the tagging project and acknowledging the significant milestone the Library has achieved.

Craig Ginther, Manager at OPL, commented: "This is a major milestone in our move to implement RFID at Ottawa Public Library. Having our collection completely tagged lays the groundwork for successful branch roll-outs in the years ahead. bibliotheca has been a model of dedication and professionalism on this project over the past nine months, and we appreciate the support they provided throughout."

Darin Currie, bibliotheca Canada SVP General Manager, added: “We are grateful that Ottawa Public Library has chosen to put their trust in bibliotheca for their RFID rollout, and pleased at how smoothly the tagging of the system has gone. Through extensive collaboration with both management and staff at Ottawa Public Library, we were able to tag the entire collection ahead of schedule.”

bibliotheca implemented self-checkout and staff solutions at OPL’s Hazeldean branch, which was the pilot for the project, and with tagging now complete, OPL can concentrate on the next phase of the project, which will see full RFID technology implemented in their Emerald Plaza, Alta Vista and Nepean Centrepointe branches.

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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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