Kāpiti Libraries Take Tech Leap With Radio Machines

Taking out a library item just got easier and faster with new self-service stations and tracking technology in all Kāpiti libraries .

Around 130,000 books in our district’s four libraries have been fitted with the latest radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag technology.

It’s the biggest technological upgrade and investment in the library systems since libraries adopted computers and went online.

And the Kāpiti Coast Council has assured KIN that no library staff will be made redundant by the new machines.

Radio waves transfer data

RFID uses a wireless radio system to transfer data from a tag attached to a book. The tag contains information like the item’s title and call number. This information can then be read by the RFID scanner in the self-service stations.

The new tags will make issuing and receiving books much easier and quicker for borrowers.

Reader uses a machine in the Otaki Library

This in turn will mean staff can spend more time helping people and sharing their knowledge, tips and recommendations

The main advantage of technological ‘advance’. Is to speed up the process and reduce costs. Maybe the council could employ more unemployable people in the library talking to the ratepayers about how wonderful they are.

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