Topaz RFID handscanner
The organisational structure of libraries will be changing virtually everywhere in the world over the next few years. The effect of digitisation and budget cuts are resulting in role changes which means that there is a need to work ever more efficiently and time-consciously.
Firstly, the role of the librarian is changing. There are constantly new services and products whereby greater demands are made of the Back-Office. The Front-Office’s workload is increasing because it needs to offer a new range of services. An example of this is the growing need for information amongst users, schools and even universities who can by no means find all the information they require on the Internet. An additional problem facing libraries is that they can no longer cope without volunteers. For example, in the Netherlands 92% of libraries ‘employ’ volunteers. In some libraries they make up 60% or more of the workforce. Although these people are often offered training, they still make considerable demands on permanent employees’ time.
The new Topaz RFID handscanner with SearchLib® software can greatly ease the burden on both permanent and voluntary staff. This device allows rapid searching for books and effortless and fast stock-taking. Lost books can easily be found using the ‘radar’ function (RFID). The timesaving significant, so that more attention can be paid to new developments in the sector. There is also an immediate cost-saving element: lost books can be found easily thanks to this handy instrument, that will be essential for every library in the future.
The Topaz system includes SearchLib® Server software and a SearchLib® App. It allows wireless transfer of item lists and data between the server and the handheld unit(s). it a WLAN connection is not available, data transfer can also be done via USB.
The SearchLib® App has four main functions:
1) In Inventory mode it is possible to scan for example books on one shelf and transfer the data to the server at high speed.
2) In Search mode, the search data is exported from the LMS into handy search lists and transferred from the server to the handheld unit(s). The user will be notified with visible (on screen), audio (beep) and vibration signals when a search item is detected and listed.
3) In Misplaced mode it works opposite to search mode, as the unit will notify the user when a non listed item is detected. For instance when a book is on the wrong shelf.
4) In AFI/EAS mode items can be (de)activated or (re) programmed to change AFI abd/or EAS codes, one by one or in bulk.
Furthermore the SearchLib® App features filtering possibilities to specify unique search criteria.
ABOUT DIALOC ID LIBRARY
Dialoc ID has its head office in Harderwijk, the Netherlands with partners in Europe, North- and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Dialoc ID is a leading manufacturer of innovative library solutions using EM (electromagnetic), RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and Hybrid (EM & RFID) technology.