Radio frequency identification upgrade for libraries
Radio frequency identification technology is to be installed in Taupō and Turangi libraries.
The new technology means library users can issue, return and renew books themselves via ‘checkout’ kiosks and it replaces the older barcode system. As well as being more convenient for users it also frees up library staff from having to manually manage books.
Head of community, culture and heritage Dylan Tahau said radio frequency identification is the industry standard and library staff would be on hand to help users with the new system.
“Radio frequency identification has been adopted by most libraries throughout New Zealand and it’s easy to use and saves time for library users. It’s also great for our library staff as it means they don’t have to be in the back rooms processing books and can instead be out on the floor helping people get the most out of their library. While there won’t be an issuing desk anymore there will still be the same number of staff there to help, and they will be easy to identify as they will be wearing branded t-shirts,” he said.
The new technology will be installed over the coming weeks and will go online on September 13.