Introduction of RFID Technology to Mansfield Library
Friday, 24 April, 2020 - 11:30
A new chapter is beginning at the Mansfield Library, with work underway to introduce RFID technology.
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is used for tracking and identification of all borrowable items. The new RFID system will replace the current barcode system at Mansfield Library, speeding up the borrowing and return processes.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said the system, which is identified in Council’s 2019/2020 budget will be live in June.
“The RFID program includes the installation of a self-loan station which will allow library members to borrow multiple items quickly and easily themselves, without librarian assistance. While library staff will still be available to assist members to borrow their books in the traditional way, the self-service kiosk provides a fast and efficient alternative, especially during peak periods,” Cr Attley said.
Library staff are currently attaching and encoding RFID tags to almost 18,000 items in the collection before the system is ready to go live from June.
Library Coordinator, Justine Shelton said the closure of the library due to the coronavirus pandemic means the time behind closed doors has been used to attach the tags.
“Encoding all the items in our library’s collection is a very big job which we had been planning to complete over a number of months with the help of volunteers and a short closure period,” Ms Shelton said.
“Although we’re disappointed to have had to close our doors to the public as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve used this time to progress the work needing to be done to support RFID.”
“When complete, the new technology will simplify transaction processes and enable our staff to spend more time offering their skills and knowledge to library patrons, which will ultimately improve customer service and provide greater value to the Mansfield Library community.”
RFID equipment is being installed at the Mansfield Library with the support of Geelong-based company, FE Technologies. The project is a joint initiative of the High Country Library Network and its member Councils; Alpine Shire Council, Benalla Rural City Council and Wangaratta Rural City Council.