New Zealand: Dunedin City Library’s New Book Sorting System is Utilizing a “World First” Technology
From the Otago Daily Times:
Dunedin City Library has turned science fiction into real life with its new ”world-first” automated sorting system.
The million-dollar radio frequency identification (RFID) project now has the jewel in its crown with the installation of a new automated materials handling machine linked to the return boxes.
The machine automatically checks the books in and sorts them into different bins depending on which section of the library they come from – a job that normally takes staff more than three hours every morning.
FE Technologies director Clint Agustsson said his company specialised in RFID technology for libraries but the Dunedin machine had one major new innovation called a singulator.
The singulator is the first ever built and can receive a whole pile of books or other returned items simultaneously, which it then separates and processes one by one.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.