Beep, beep: JCPL Now Has
On your next visit to the library you might be welcomed by a beep if you are carrying library items checked out before last month. That’s because you’re tagged. Well, not you but the items you’re carrying. The reason for this is that the Jessamine County Public Library implemented radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to bring increased customer service, improved library staff workflows and enhanced security to keep track of library items.
RFID technology enables faster check out and check-in of library items. When your wait time is reduced, your satisfaction is increased.
Also, RFID technology enables self checkout of library items. Now you can choose to have a library staff person check out your items or check out items yourself at one of the self checkout stations. In addition to this, RFID technology enables more productive management of the library collection.
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RFID tag readers are located at the circulation desk, the self checkout stations and in the security gates. Now more about all the beeping going on in the library: When you pass through the security gates with an item that was not checked out using the library RFID system, the alarm will beep.
Since the JCPL RFID system went live in February, anyone entering the library with items checked out before last month will hear a beeping when walking through the gates. This will soon end as more and more items are checked out using RFID. Ultimately, the security gates will only beep when a customer starts to leave the library with an item that was not checked out. If you beep when leaving, a library staff member will ask to check your items to make certain they were properly checked out.
Thanks to Dr. Ron Critchfield, Library Director for supplying this information. See the Jessamine County Public Library Website
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