Getting Ready for Self-Check
January 2, 2014
We continue to work closely with Bibliotheca to resolve the technical issues that have delayed the project to this point. We have moved ahead where we can, getting wiring in place for the self-check kiosks, and preparing parts of the audiovisual collection for patron self-selection. We are currently trying to schedule a Bibliotheca site visit for late January for installation and testing of software to be used in Circulation Services. Once that software is operational, we hope the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place and we can set a rollout date. We are very eager to introduce this new service to the Urbana community!
October 22, 2013
Self-check Kiosk Update
We continue to make progress toward the introduction of the library's self-check kiosks. Due to unforeseen glitches in the project, and with the holidays approaching, it becomes more likely that the rollout of the kiosks and new security gates will be bumped to late winter.
Later this week, Bibliotheca will install software on the self-check kiosks that was developed to read older versions of security tags in Champaign Public Library's items. Once that software is installed, tested, and functional, the underlying code can be repurposed for the software that will be used to check in and out at the Circulation Desk. Polaris also has promised to give us a timeline for completing the necessary work on the circulation software by Friday, October 25.
October 7, 2013
Update on the Self-check Kiosks
We are thrilled to report that the tagging of the print collection is nearly complete! The four self-check kiosks have arrived and we are configuring them and testing them behind the scenes. A few snags have arisen with the software, but we are working closely with both Bibliotheca and Polaris to get them resolved. Unfortunately, these issues will delay our rollout of self-check, but we will post new milestones as soon as possible.
October 6, 2013
Re-organization of Children's Non-fiction
Last night, a group of library staff and volunteers, worked after the library closed on Saturday, and before the library opened on Sunday, to begin the re-organization of the non-fiction shelves in Children's Services. No worries -- the non-fiction shelves are in the same location! But shelves have been added in some places and removed in other places to create an overall narrower footprint for the non-fiction. The re-organization will allow us to create collaborative space and future browsing space for audiovisual materials.
As of today, only the non-fiction shelves on the south side of Children's Services have been re-organized (000 - 699). The anticipated re-organization of the north side of the non-fiction shelves (700 - 999 and Biography) is planned for Friday evening, October 11, 2013.
If you have any questions, the staff of Children's Services are always on hand to help.
August 15, 2013
Children’s Services is Going for a New Look!
After several years of pondering the best way to create more collaborative space for parents and children, we are ready to roll-up our sleeves and get to work.
The re-organized space will permit parents and caregivers the opportunity to work on their laptops while also watching their children; allow better access to new materials; and let us move the DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs on public browsing shelves so users can take advantage of the new self checkout kiosks (coming in the fall). Imagine being able to check out your children’s materials in Children’s Services—parents we have talked to are very excited about the prospect!
Over the next month you might notice some of the children’s collection being moved around a bit. But have no fear! The children’s staff will be there to show you around our new and improved space.
August 2, 2013
Kiosk update. The self-check kiosks have been ordered and will arrive in approximately four weeks. Once they do arrive, the library will begin testing and configuring the kiosks behind the scenes. There is much that needs to be done before they will be ready for public use, but we are making progress!
July 15, 2013
As we transition to the option for self checkout for library users, you may notice library staff working diligently in the stacks affixing tags to the book collection, prepping them for use with self checkout stations. We anticipate completing the tagging of the Children's Serices collection on the ground floor the week of July 14, and will subsequently move on to tag the Adult Services collections on the first and second floors.
Once the self checkout stations are ordered and they arrive, they will need to be installed, tested, and tweaked. We anticipate the timeline for the introduction of self checkout "sometime in the fall."
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July 1, 2013
Soon the new DVDs in our Adult Services collection will have a different look. We will keep the original cases and add new security tags so the DVDs will be shelf-ready when we introduce self checkout stations in a few short months. You may already have noticed this change in our new Children's DVDs.
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