Marathwada (Maharashtra), India, 8 May 2017
The Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University (VNMKV) is located in the rural Marthwada region of Maharashtra. The library of the Indian university is serving thousands of students and faculty members per week, with extreme peaks during examination time. The staff was unable to cater to the high demand of the students in the current situation. That’s why library director Dr. G.P. Jagtap reached out to Indian technology companies in a call for help last year:
"The library was in urgent need of automation as the library - which is housed in a separate library building - was being managed with just 3 permanent staff and around 10 temporary staff members."
A local technology company - Beegees Computers Pvt. Ltd. - listened to the wishes and issues the library staff presented. On understanding their issues Beegees demonstrated how RFID products from the Dutch company Nedap Library Solutions could help to solve the library’s capacity problem. The library and Beegees worked together to implement Staff Stations and Self-Service Stations, enabling visitors to quickly check in and check out their own books. On top of that, the library now also implemented Intelligent Shelves from Nedap that continuously scan all the books on the shelves. The bookshelves are able to check-in every single book that a visitor places on them, making the books available for the next visitor immediately.
The VNMKV library is now run very smoothly. One of the main issues was that the manual handling of books caused a lot of workload and reshelving time. With RFID, checking in and out books is a fast process. The shortage of staff is no longer an issue, as repetitive tasks (checking in, checking out and reshelving books) have been reduced dramatically with Nedap’s RFID systems for libraries.
Checking out new books is mostly done by Nedap's Self Service Station, while checking in books is done for 90% by Nedap's Intelligent Trolley. This has significantly reduced the incidence of non-locatable books for the library. Returned books are instantly available again in the Intelligent Trolley and misplaced books in the library can easily be found with the provided Handheld Reader. Biraj Valia from Beegees Computers Pvt. Ltd. is satisfied and happy with the RFID setup in the VNKMV library:
"It was a great fulfilling moment when we finished the RFID installation and were approached by many students who were eager to use the new library solutions. That eagerness and enthusiasm showed us and the librarians how acceptable the technology is for visitors, even if they haven't necessarily grown up with modern technology."
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