Recently, the Paso Robles City Library implemented radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which was a difficult task but was welcomed by staff and library readers.
For more than 10 years, RFID technology has been helping libraries simplify services—helping with inventory control, providing faster service desk checkouts, and providing a user-friendly self-checkout desk that protects users’ privacy.
It takes two teams to work eight hours a day, five days a week, and three months of continuous work to complete the labeling of the library’s 60,000 items. Library volunteers have completed approximately 95% of their work. During this time, the library did not reduce services or shut down. In addition, City Librarian Angelica Fortin worked with the city government to ensure the continued maintenance of the system and the replacement of capital equipment needed in the future.
RFID technology is implemented in the Paso Robles City Library, and its benefits are immediately reflected – improving the user experience, reducing theft, increasing employee evaluation and improving collection time, and allowing customers to access new materials faster.
Most libraries in the Black Gold Cooperative System have adopted RFID technology. Now, the Paso Robles City Library has implemented it, and the sharing of resources and collections between libraries is also more effective.
The continuous advancement of technology in the 21st century has also enhanced the work of the library, and the Paso Robles City Library will continue to maintain the tradition of library service through quality collections, popular programming, modern equipment and friendly staff. Foundation President Pamela Alch said, “The Paso Robles City Library is a gem in our community that provides tools for lifelong learning. The Library Foundation’s job is to ensure that the library has the resources to keep up with our changing world. ”