Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has been awarded a $100,000Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to purchase equipment to fully implement Radio Frequency Identification Technology to better serve the residents of Cumberland County.
Upon learning that the library received the grant, Library Director Jody Risacher said, “This is a huge step in providing the very best customer service possible and will help us extend RFID technology to all library locations.” West Regional Branch Library and Bordeaux Branch Library already utilize RFID technology.
RFID technology, which enables communication through radio waves, transfers data between library materials and an electronic tag attached to the materials for the purpose of identification and tracking. As a result, customers can checkout their own materials, which virtually eliminates waiting in line for service and improves staff efficiency. Work on the six locations, which remain open during the project, begins immediately and is planned to cause as little inconvenience as possible to library customers.
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center received one of the seven competitive grants that were awarded for fiscal year 2011-2012 specifically for technology. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners also approved a budget allocation to complete this project.
This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.