New tagging system will be in place by Library Lovers Day

BOOK WORMS: Library assistants Janie Steeo and Natalie Hinde tag books to get ready for the self-service book borrowing.
BOOK WORMS: Library assistants Janie Steeo and Natalie Hinde tag books to get ready for the self-service book borrowing. Luka Kauzlaric

THE Gladstone City Library is using new and innovative technologies to make library visits easier and faster.

By February 14, which is national Library Lovers Day, the Gladstone Library will have a self-service system in place for hiring books.

Regional librarian Fran Moroney said the self-service system and radio frequency identification technology would make things easier for the library staff and visitors.

"The self-serve is an addition to the library to make it easier for staff," she said.

"They will be able to help out more of the visitors with the computers and other things

"People will be able to come in and out quicker, too, if needed."

RFID is a new tagging system, which means visitors and staff no longer need to worry about the barcode number.

They simply scan a separate code on the back of each item to hire.

After starting in late October, the staff are nearly at completion of tagging almost 130,000 items across all six regional libraries.

The RFID will be of particular assistance during stocktake time.

"Last year we were closed for three days," she said.

But now, because of a special implement within the RFID, they can scan through all books with a device that reads the tags.



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