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The first self-service library was opened in Prague and a several-year RFID implementation project was completed – and we were there.

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Our company recently had the honor of becoming a supplier of RFID equipment for a completely unique project. The Municipal Library in Prague has decided to implement a unique and pioneering solution for a completely self-service library. The librarian is present here only once a week – no more is needed: lending services and the security of the library collection are ensured by means of devices with RFID technology, which enable completely self-service operation!

The Kiosk (as the branch of the Municipal Library in Prague was called) got its name according to its size – with its only 29 m2, it became one of the smallest branches of the MLP Prague. It is strategically located in the Černý Most Center, where people usually go shopping and culture. Readers can return books here, pick up bookings or even relax for a while and choose from a wide range of new publications. For the readers, borrowing and returning books is very simple and intuitive thanks to the use of RFID self-checking. If there is still a snag or the customer does not know the advice, online help is also available through video communication with the librarian.

The opening of the Kiosk thus became the icing on the cake, culminating a several-year large-scale project of introducing RFID technology into the Municipal Library in Prague, in which we actively participated from the beginning by supplying and installing many RFID devices – from labels, workstations, security gates and self-checks up to two large installations of return and sorting machines. Thus, readers not only received better lending services, but thanks to the extended opening hours of some branches, they can use their services longer, get closer to books and spend their free time more efficiently. We are glad that we were able to be part of such an important project.

 

Photo author: Pavel Klikar


Happy Easter

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We wish you a Happy Easter and a pleasant spring days!


We offer cooperation in the implementation of the FOLIO library platform

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From the beginning of our company, all our steps lead to a single goal: to provide services of such quality that customers are as satisfied as possible. With this in mind, this year we are embarking on a new long-term cooperation with EBSCO Information Services, which is a leading provider of information resources in search technology.

Together, we would like to assist libraries in implementing the FOLIO open source library platform. Thanks to its modular composition and the ability to adapt to the environment and specific user requirements, it is used by many academic libraries around the world.

We believe that many Czech and Slovak libraries will soon be among its active and satisfied users.

More information about our cooperation with EBSCO Information Services can be found in the press release dated March 29, 2022.


In the UJEP library, they have a new selfcheck since last year

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Since last year, the Research Library of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem has been offering another opportunity to arrange loans/returns of library documents without the need for personal communication between the reader and the librarian. It has expanded its services with another self-service device – the selfcheck SC1000. This modern design has a number of practical advantages – it has an integrated printer for printing receipts, a large vertical screen displays a larger number of items, and a large enough workspace allows you to put away a larger number of books. It is a stand-alone option and the librarians have chosen a strategic place at the loan desk on the 3rd floor, so that in case of any difficulties the waiter can immediately advise readers – newcomers.

 

If readers are in a hurry and do not have time to visit the library at the time of its opening, they can put their returned documents into the return machine located on the ground floor.

These self-service RFID devices complement each other perfectly Research in the UJEP Library and provide readers with very comfortable services.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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We wish you a beautiful Christmas and may the new year 2022 bring you health, happiness, satisfaction and joy!


Traffic during the Christmas holidays

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Dear customers,

from 22.12.2021 (Wednesday) to 31.12.2021 (Friday) we are closed. In case of emergency, you can contact us by phone at: +420 734 309 562.

Normal operation starts again on Monday 3.1.2022. Thank you for your understanding.


How the largest city library in the Czech Republic introduced RFID….

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A great project focused on the introduction of RFID technology into more than 40 of the operation places in the Municipal Library in Prague was realized over the years 2018 to 2020. The provider of the devices was our company. Are you interested in what preceded the decision, how long it took to plan realization,  how the library gained financial sources, what circumstances was necessary to solve, how readers appreciated it and if librarians have more time for readers now?

You can find the answers and maybe inspiration for your library in the ITlib magazine Information Technologies and Library No. 4/2020, in the article of Bc. Jan Stejskal, one of the participating members through the project.

https://itlib.cvtisr.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Stejskal-6.pdf

PF 2021

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Thank you for your support this year and we wish you a beautiful Christmas and, until the new year 2021, a lot of health and personal and professional success!


There is a silver lining for Czech librarianship!

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On Monday, August 17, 2020, a new “Concept of the Development of Libraries in the Czech Republic for 2021 – 2027 with a View to 2030″ was approved. It relies on three main pillars. Libraries are seen

  • as pillars of civil society and natural community centers,
  • as educational and training support institutions and
  • as a manager of cultural and knowledge riches.

It also envisages construction of new buildings, development of centralized library services, making unavailable digitized works accessible, the management of electronic publications, support for library protection, website archiving, development of LTP repositories, and many other measures, including those focused to automated library systems! We believe that the collective effort by all stakeholders at all levels will lead to success in fulfilling the concept, and that Czech librarianship will flourish!

The development concept is available at https://ipk.nkp.cz/.

Source of the opening image: Esther Chilcutt from Pixabay


They have a new helper in the Prague library: a self-service return machine

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Saving time, facilitating work, serviceability during the entire opening hours of the library – these are just a few of many other benefits, which was brought to the Municipal Library in Prague by a self-service return machine with a sorting line, supplied by our company. Its operation is simple and very fast – after reading reader’s ID card, the reader inserts the book into the marked slot and after recognizing the book, the machine moves it itself to the appropriate box with a “floating bottom” – when loaded, the bottom gradually decreases, thus ensuring safe handling of returned documents. The librarians then move the boxes to the library and put its content to their places on the appropriate shelves, and the documents are again available to readers.

Installing the self-service return machine is further part of the project of the Municipal Library in Prague focused on the installation of RFID devices (see the article “The largest installation of RFID technologies in libraries in the Czech Republic”). By automating the work, librarians gain more time for personal communication with readers and other necessary activities.

Video report about the self-service return machine (source iDNES Tv):


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