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Turn Traditional 'Reserved Book' Management Into an Intelligent Service
An affordable way for a library to start an RFID deployment is to create a reserved-books section that functions as a small, independent, automated library inside the main facility.
Jul 13, 2015—
"Reserved book" sections in academic libraries are frequently regarded as a huge workload for librarians when books are assigned by professors or are simply popular among patrons. Most of these books are loaned for a shorter period of time. Therefore, librarians need to manage the reserved materials more often than with other circulating items. The process works like this: Librarians must first pick those books from the shelf, and then place them in a certain area behind the circulation desk. When a patron visits the library to pick up a reserved book, the circulation librarian needs to spend some time finding the correct book, and the patron must wait during that process.
Make a Self-service Area for Reserved Books
• Librarians can spend more time on patron services instead of managing reserved books.
• The library can calculate the turnover rate of each reserved book, and the statistics from the smart bookshelf can be the reference for book-purchasing decisions.
• Patrons need not wait for librarians to find books; they can easily look for reserved titles and pick them up themselves using the self-service station.
• Since the reserved books section is separate from the rest of facility and functions as a
"small library" inside the main library, it is easy for librarians to manage all reserved books and prevent them from being mixed up with other genres of books.
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