Magazine article American Libraries

D-Tech RFID Speeds Service

Magazine article American Libraries

D-Tech RFID Speeds Service

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Product: RFID services from D-Tech International, d-tech-international .com/technologies/rfid.

Details RFID-enabled self-service and staff stations and security and inventory capabilities

User (pictured): Shawn D. Walsh, emerging services and technologies librarian, Madison (Ohio) Public Library

How do you use D-Tech's RFID? D-Tech International's RFID system is an integral part of our library automation.

We use the D-Tech system to charge and discharge materials internally, as well as put items into transfer for other consortia systems. We also use the self-check system to charge out a majority of our materials. Prior to upgrading to RFID, we had implemented self-checks with another vendor. At that time, we provided the hardware to the vendor specifications and used the vendor-supplied software. When we upgraded to RFID, D-Tech followed the same pattern, allowing us to use our existing hardware and simply add their software and an RFID antenna.

One of the biggest time savings with RFID is that we no longer need to open every container of media we circulate. Most often this was to verify that the appropriate number of discs were returned and in the correct case. With RFID we know if the discs are in the correct cases and if all parts are accounted for.

We are beginning to use DTech's RFID wand system, and we are pleased that the DTech hardware integrates with our collection management software that we purchased from CollectionHQ. …

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