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Collier County Public Library becomes first library customer to benefit from bibliotheca and Innovative integrated partnership

Collier County Public Library in Florida will be the first Innovative Interfaces customer that will benefit from the strategic alliance between bibliotheca, the leading supplier of RFID and barcode-based technologies, and Innovative Interfaces, the leader in library platform solutions, after the two companies announced a partnership last month that will see them provide library customers with integrated solutions to further enhance library operations.

Collier County, an already existing customer of Innovative through its use of the Sierra Services Platform, commissioned bibliotheca directly to undertake a two-phase project that will enable the library system to fully convert its branches and entire collection to RFID technology. Under the project, Collier County will tag (convert) its collection using a selection of RFID tags from bibliotheca and will install a range of bibliotheca products including self-service kiosks, security gates and handheld inventory devices.

Over 30 self-service kiosks will be deployed as part of the implementation, including a number of bibliotheca’s smartserve™ 400 kiosks and 16 of the company’s latest kiosk offering – the smartserve™ 1000 - both of which offer patrons the ability to check items in and out, manage account functionality and pay for fees and fines using a range of different payment methods. The project will also see bibliotheca’s smartgate™ 400 security gates installed across a number of Collier County’s libraries, together with a number of bibliotheca’s smartstock™ 300 mobile circ devices – a solution which offers libraries the ability to check items in and out anywhere within the library building. All products will be optimized for use with Innovative Interfaces Sierra platform.

bibliotheca and Innovative announced in March 2014 that they would be joining forces to integrate Innovative’s library solutions with bibliotheca’s RFID and barcode systems in order to streamline the overall self-service experience and add-value to library customers and their users. The library system will be the first customer to experience the benefits from the alliance, including seamless software integration to allow for faster transactions and a speedier self-service experience for patrons.

Marilyn Matthes, Director at Collier County Library comments: “We are really excited about working with bibliotheca and having the opportunity to offer our library users a more efficient way of conducting their daily library transactions. The fact that bibliotheca has recently partnered with our existing ILS provider is even better and we look forward to seeing what benefits we can experience under the partnership.”

Al Coalla, President of bibliotheca North America adds: “Our recent collaboration with Innovative has enabled us to offer our customers such as Collier County a seamless integration between our solutions and an enhanced self-service experience to library patrons. We are thrilled to be working with Collier County on their RFID deployment and even more so that they are the first customer that will really see what benefits can be offered through our recent alliance with Innovative.”

To celebrate the partnership bibliotheca and innovative will be showcasing some of their recent development work, including the new III theme of self-service software and smartstock™ 300 mobile application, at the IUG Conference in Detroit from May 7th 2014. More information on the event can be found here: www.innovativeusers.org

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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