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Published August 19, 2011, 12:55 PM

Lake Region Library Check-ins, Check-outs to Be Automated

The Lake Region Public Library has been working on automating their check-in and check-out process for over 15 years. And next week, that will finally happen.

The Lake Region Public Library has been working on automating their check-in and check-out process for over 15 years.

And next week, that will finally happen.

"We still have the old card pocket, date stamper, that kind of thing so we are going to finally let go of those things and join the 20th century, now the 21st century and be fully automated," library director Jim Chattin said.

The library started bar-coding books years ago, but that took a lot longer than they thought it would.

"Man hours, I did it as a volunteer before I was on the board and there were other volunteers working on that so I imagine we have probably 10 or 15 or more thousand hours," library board president Monte Engel said.

Right now, if a person has a question about a book they checked out or if they have any fees finding the answer can be quite a task.

"Then we have to go through that dates cards to fin our which of those cards they had stuff that belonged to them. That was a bit, clunky is a good word," Chattin said.

With the new system in place, finding more information should be much easier.

"We should be able to tell patrons the exact number of items, the title of items they have out and when they're due," Chattin said.

The book return process will also be much easier for the staff.

"What it will mean basically is the staff will just be able to scan the bar code and the books will then be back and available for patrons," Engel said.

"A lot of the staff are really gung ho for the technology," Chattin said.

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