After more than 14 years and nearly 11 million items, the Main Library's automated materials handling (AMH) system has been upgraded.
"We have replaced aging equipment and outdated software to better serve our community, getting library materials back on shelves, circulating among libraries, and to patrons faster and more efficiently," said Elizabeth Marszalik, Manager for Library Experiences and Initiatives.
Preparation for installation was underway for about six weeks prior to installation Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15.
Why have an AMH?
This vital operational equipment at the Main Library helps return materials from two public access points (book returns). The system:
- Reduces the need to manually check in and sort library materials, and;
- Helps get library materials where they need to go, quickly and efficiently—back on the shelves, circulating among our three Oak Park library buildings and partner SWAN libraries, and into patrons’ hands.
The Board of Library Trustees approved replacement of original equipment and software with more efficient, effective technology so we can serve you better. Benefits of the new system include:
- Faster materials access and record updates. The new system speeds up returns, and helps get items back on shelves (in the stacks and reserved for hold) more quickly. It also will update your account more quickly.
- Reduced downtime. Aging equipment and outdated software had led to frequent equipment downtime, repairs, and maintenance.
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