We don't use RFID, but we do use a tool called StackMap to give a sense of the general location of books in our main library.
For an example of the patron UX, click on the "map" link in a sample catalog record, such as http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/10474501. (Center column, in the "At the Library" panel.)
The back end system (where Access Services updates call number range locations) is, IMO, very nice and easy to use.
Technical implementation time was quite short on our end (a few weeks?), but took longer on the specification, training and set up on StackMap / Access Services' side.
On Aug 28, 2014, at 10:15 AM, Jarrell, Mark wrote:
> Are there any libraries out there that are making use of RFID hardware/software to help patrons know the precise location of books/items on the shelves? Or is anyone use other stack mapping software to help patrons know the general location of items on the shelf? If so, I have a few questions for you. Please feel free to message me directly and I can compile the results into an anonymous set to share with the group.
> 1. Name of software & vendor
> 2. Approximate time to implement
> 3. Approximate cost to implement
> 4. What types of hardware/software is involved in the process that wasn't used previously?
> 5. How does the customer locate the item on the shelf (e.g. Via handheld tool, map linked to catalog record, etc.)
> 6. Is there a way for the patron to find out the location of items that are shelved in non-public areas (if a library branch is undergoing renovations)?
> 7. Would you recommend this software/hardware method to other libraries? Why or why not?
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