The organizational structure of libraries will change almost everywhere in the world over the next few years. The effect of digitalization and reductions leads to changes in roles, which means that work must be increasingly efficient and time-saving.
First, the role of the librarian is changing. There are constantly new services and products for which the Back Office is subject to higher requirements. The workload of the Front Office is increasing because it has to offer a new package of services. One example is the growing need for information from users, schools, and even universities who cannot find all the information they need on the Internet.
An additional problem for libraries is that they are increasingly working with volunteers. In the Netherlands, for example, 92% of libraries use volunteers. In some libraries, they make up 60% or more of the workforce. Although these people are often offered training, they still require a lot of time from permanent employees.
The new Topaz portable RFID reader with SearchLib® software can significantly reduce the burden on permanent and voluntary staff. With this device, you can quickly search for books and save a file quickly and effortlessly. Lost books can be easily found using the “radar” (RFID) function. The time savings are considerable, so more attention can be paid to new developments in the sector. There is also an element of immediate savings: lost books are easy to find thanks to this practical tool, which will be essential for all libraries in the future.
THE SEARCHLIB ® SOFTWARE HAS 4 BASIC FUNCTIONS:
1) In inventory mode, it is possible, for example, to scan books in a locker or on a shelf and create a list of materials.
2) In search mode, titles are searched specifically for a list of documents exported from a library system in the hand scanner. If the hand scanner encounters a title in the list when scanning the table, it beeps, and the title appears on the screen.
3) In lost search mode, it works inversely to the inventory function. A list of material exported to the hand scanner looks for titles that may not appear in the list, so on the shelf. An audio signal alerts you to misplaced titles, so they can be deleted and replaced.
4) In AFI/EAS mode, books can be (de) activated or AFI codes can be (re) programmed. This can be done one by one or in bulk.
In addition, the SearchLib® software offers filtering capabilities to specify unique search criteria.