Riverina Adopts Smart Library Solution

FE Technologies is helping Riverina Regional Library (RRL), Australia, lead the way with a customized system to streamline selection, cataloging and management of its expanding collections. RRL comprises 13 branches, serving 107,000 constituents.

 The tailor-made RFID system supports the library in outsourcing its entire process of ordering, cataloging, tagging, bar-coding and making collection items shelf-ready. Riverina Regional Library employs the Libero library management system, a software partner of FE Technologies Smart Library RFID.

 Information is uploaded to the LMS using the Smart Library encoder and customized software as part of the cataloging process. Through this system the cataloging company can encode the tag, which means the library only needs to check the book in once it arrives on site.

 The system improves productivity and efficiency in what was previously a manual system for library staff in the 14 branch libraries across the RRL region.

 The Smart Library RFID system is an Australian product, designed and developed in Geelong, Victoria. Unlike larger companies that typically offer “off-the-shelf” solutions, the Smart Library RFID system can be tailored to an individual library's needs, according to FE Technologies CEO Robert Reed.

 “If anything needs to be changed to fit a library's business rules, we have the people who developed the software right here, so we can sit down with them and work out the best solution. That's where we see our biggest strength,” Reed said.

 Riverina Regional Library Director Robert Knight said the introduction of the customized collections procurement, cataloging and management system demonstrates the forward-thinking nature of the regional library — one of the largest regional library services in New South Wales.

 “By outsourcing all aspects of procuring our collection items, making them shelf-ready and by integrating the Smart Library RFID into the process, RRL is joining libraries at the forefront of process improvement, and as such, is setting the benchmark for how libraries will procure, catalog and manage their collections in future.” Knight said.

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