The Library has begun converting its collection from a barcode to a Radio Frequency Identification system. The new system allows multiple books to be checked out or processed by staff in a stack, as opposed to opening each item to find a barcode and running it under a light.
The Library also is installing two self-checkout machines so patrons can serve themselves, improve privacy and avoid lines.
The Radio Frequency ID system also allows staff to use time-saving devices to check that books are in the correct order on the shelves, quickly capture “on hold” items and avoid errors such as putting items on the shelf that have not been properly checked in. The project to individually tag and convert all 200,000 items in the Library will take through the end of May.