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Keystone Integrates Library Automation with Warehouse Materials Management

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Keystone Integrates Library Automation with Warehouse Materials Management

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Keystone Systems, Inc. has announced that it has successfully integrated its KLAS (Keystone Library Automation System) software with a state-of-the-art computer-controlled warehouse storage-and-retrieval system manufactured by Diamond Phoenix. According to the announcement, the KLAS Carousel Storage interface allows quick, easy, and accurate pulling of materials for library patrons. It also speeds the return to storage when items are checked back in.

The first library to implement this interface was the New Mexico Talking Book Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The library recently moved into a space located in the newly constructed New Mexico Library, Archives and Records center in Santa Fe. The library chose to use the carousel system to reduce storage-space requirements in the new facility.

"The efficiency of space utilization in the carousels allowed for substantial savings in construction costs," said Jerry Packard, New Mexico Talking Book Library's acting director. The library now has double the storage capacity for its collection in half the square footage of what it had before the move. This is due to the greater density of materials storage provided by the carousels over conventional library compact shelving. …

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