Media Release

For immediate release March 19, 2013

Library Enters the Express Lane
Halifax Regional Council Approves of New Infrastructure

Halifax, NS—Halifax Public Libraries are preparing to accelerate check out/in service at all branches with a new technology that lets books and other items circulate faster. The system uses RFIDs, or radio frequency identification, and it comes with a promise of cost avoidance and public service excellence.

“Imagine filling your grocery cart and being able to check out all items at once,” says Bruce Gorman, Director of Central Library & Regional Services. “RFIDs are different than bar codes. Items do not have to line up with a scanner and be checked out individually. You simply pass by and the radio frequency picks up all of the data.”

The Halifax Regional Council on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 voted to accept the new technology as an investment in infrastructure and a means to avoid costs. With the Halifax Central Library on the horizon, overall Library circulation is projected to increase by over 25% resulting in staff costs of $253,000 per year. A switch to new industry technology was an obvious solution to a potential cost increase.

“RFID is the ideal solution for everyone,” says Gorman. “No line ups at check out. Items re-enter circulation faster, which means shorter waiting periods, and staff members are freed to help patrons with their specific needs. The system has an elegant simplicity that does wonders for library access and service.”

Gorman reassures that the new technology does not mean a decrease in staff numbers since all are needed to perform many other public service tasks the Library offers.

The implementation of RFIDs across Halifax Public Libraries is scheduled to take place over a six month period, which starts once a vendor has been selected.

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison