The Lib~Chip RFID Label & Reader/Antenna
The Lib~Chip RFID label is produced exclusively for library materials. With the ability to hold substantial information, the label is a cost-effect method for materials management, ultimately replacing the barcode. Our Lib~Chip label or tag is paper thin and flexible, which allows it to be placed inside each book in a library’s collection. The tag is made of an etched antenna and a microchip that stores bibliographic data including a unique ID number to identify each item.
Roll of RFID tags
The reader and antenna come in different designs that meet the specific needs of a library’s workstation. The reader provides the power to the antenna so that it will generate a Radio Frequency Field. When a tag passes through this RF field, the reader decodes the information stored on the chip and them sends the information to the computer that communicates with the library’s automation system.
Libramation’s RFID Staff Workstations and Return & Sorting System make circulation procedures easier and decrease the amount of materials handed by staff reducing repetitive motion injuries. Patrons simply place their items and library card on the circulation-desk target area; the Lib~Digit software reads the RFID tags, connects to the library automation system, checks for any circulation blocks, changes security status in the ILS and prints a receipt, all in a matter of seconds. Library staff are not required to handle any material, but are there to monitor transactions and are available to assist patrons with any concerns.
Materials are checked in by library staff using the staff workstation installation, or checked in and sorted automatically via the ACT-Return & ACT Sorting Unit. As patrons place an item into the ACT-Return unit, the system identifies the item, connects to the automation system, checks the item in, and resets the security status. As the item continues through to the sorter, items are identified for special circulation statuses such as on hold or inter-library loan and the call number is identified. Items are dropped into assigned bins based on circulation status or shelving location via a conveyor system.
Our RFID tabletop units, as well as our other Self-Check stations, are designed to provide patrons with a confidential, user-friendly way to sign out their own materials. Patrons can access their accounts; review materials presently borrowed and renew materials as well. This system reduces the handwork for library staff and frees them for other patron related services.
Libramation’s Lib~Scan Hand Held Unit provides an excellent tool for inventory control and other collection maintenance activities. Using the portable unit, staff simply walk along the shelves to perform inventory or complete other library tasks. By setting program parameters via the touch screen or keypad on the unit, it is able to assist staff in tasks such as finding lost items, locating items on hold, reorganizing miss-shelved items, or any number of other data inquiries. The Lib~Scan can also be used by library staff for remote circulation allowing staff to sign materials out to patrons without having to be at a workstation.
The fast anti-theft function prevents unauthorized borrowing, reducing inventory shrinkage. As patrons sign materials out, the status is set to authorized allowing patrons to pass through security gates equipped with a Reader and Antenna. The gates search exclusively for items that are set to an unauthorized status. Our security gates with auditory alarms and flashing lights activate should someone attempt to pass through the gates with unauthorized items.