RE: [Videolib] Libramation Media Bank feedback

Mark Ellis (mark.ellis@yourlibrary.ca)
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 12:24:41 -0800

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Diane,

Yes, we've been running the system since September as the beta site and have
been quite involved in its development. NYPL will be taking delivery of one
in the next few days.

It's essentially a retail vending system that has had its software adapted
for library use.

It connects ILSs using the SIP2 protocol, so appears to be just another
self-checkin/out device. As with other SIP based self-check devices, loan
policies are mananged on the ILS.

There's an onboard touchscreen catalog and a remotely accessible web catalog
that allows patrons to place short duration holds before coming in to pick
their items up.

Initially, we used just the onboard catalog, but found the patron queues got
to long, so we disabled that catalog, so customer now do all their browsing
and reserving either from home or via our OPACs. To pickup, they just place
their card in the machine and it issues their DVDs.

We require patrons to return items directly to the machine, which is really
the only thing they grouse about. Batch loading is a possibility we're
discussing with the developers, so we may do that in future, but direct
returns do result in quicker turnaround for the media.

You only require capacity for the proportion of your collection that will be
in at any one time. In our case 60-75% of the collection is out, so we
could manage a collection of over 2,000 DVDs using our relatively small
machine. For a collection that is as heavily used as ours is, several
smaller machines would be preferable to one large one, so throughput is
maximized.

Let me know if there are other things you need to know.

Mark Ellis
Manager, Reference and Information Services
Richmond Public Library
www.yourlibrary.ca

-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Sybeldon [mailto:ac7255@wayne.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:12 AM
To: VIDEOLIB
Subject: [Videolib] Libramation Media Bank feedback

Has anyone purchased or had experience with this product?....

MEDIA BANK from LIBRAMATION

Info from their web site:

"The introduction of the Media Bank CD/DVD self-charge unit allows patrons
to browse the library's media collection, select the items of their choice,
check out their selections, and receive a receipt. A customized graphic user
interface guides their search and provides step-by-step check out
instructions. The item can also be returned at this kiosk, without the use
of a library card."

Here's their web page:

<http://www.libramation.com/prod_mediabank.html>
http://www.libramation.com/prod_mediabank.html .

It can hold up to 1,872 DVDs or CDs at one time.

Diane Sybeldon
Information Services Librarian:
Subject Specialist in Art and Art History,
Music, Theatre, Dance, Film Studies
and Media Collection
1210 Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: 313-577-4480
E-mail: <mailto:ac7255@wayne.edu> ac7255@wayne.edu
Fax: 313-577-5265

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<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2>Diane,</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>Yes,
we've been running the system since September as the beta site and have been
quite involved in its development.&nbsp; NYPL will be taking delivery of one in
the next few days.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>It's
essentially a retail vending system that has had its software adapted for
library use.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>It
connects ILSs using the SIP2 protocol, so appears to be just another
self-checkin/out device. As with other SIP based self-check devices, loan
policies are mananged on the ILS.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2>There's an onboard touchscreen catalog and a remotely accessible web
catalog that allows patrons to place short duration holds before coming in to
pick their items up.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2>Initially, we used just the onboard catalog, but found the patron queues
got to long, so we disabled that catalog, so customer now do all their browsing
and reserving either from home or via our OPACs.&nbsp; To pickup, they just
place their card in the machine and it issues their DVDs.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>We
require&nbsp;patrons to return items directly to the machine, which is really
the only thing they grouse about.&nbsp; Batch loading is a possibility we're
discussing with the developers, so we may do that in future, but direct returns
do result in quicker turnaround for the media.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>You
only require capacity for the proportion of your collection that will be in at
any one time.&nbsp; In our case 60-75% of the collection is out, so we could
manage a collection of over 2,000 DVDs using our relatively small machine.&nbsp;
For a collection that is as heavily used as ours is, several smaller machines
would be preferable to one large one, so throughput is
maximized.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>Let me
know if there are other things you need to know.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=359194419-13012006>
<P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Mark Ellis</FONT> <BR><FONT face=Arial
size=2>Manager, Reference and Information Services</FONT> <BR><FONT face=Arial
size=2>Richmond Public Library</FONT> <BR><FONT face=Arial
size=2>www.yourlibrary.ca</FONT> </P></SPAN></DIV>
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<DIV class=OutlookMessageHeader dir=ltr align=left><FONT face=Tahoma
size=2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> Diane Sybeldon
[mailto:ac7255@wayne.edu]<BR><B>Sent:</B> Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:12
AM<BR><B>To:</B> VIDEOLIB<BR><B>Subject:</B> [Videolib] Libramation Media Bank
feedback<BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial color=#3366cc size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Has anyone purchased or had
experience with this product?....</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial color=#3366cc size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MEDIA BANK from
LIBRAMATION</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial color=#3366cc size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Info from their web
site:</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial color=#3366cc size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"The introduction of the Media
Bank CD/DVD self-charge unit allows patrons to browse the library's media
collection, select the items of their choice, check out their selections, and
receive a receipt. A customized graphic user interface guides their search and
provides step-by-step check out instructions. The item can also be returned at
this kiosk, without the use of a library card."</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Here's their web
page:</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A
href="http://www.libramation.com/prod_mediabank.html"><FONT
size=1>http://www.libramation.com/prod_mediabank.html</FONT></A><FONT size=1>
.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial size=1><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It can hold up to 1,872 DVDs or
CDs at one time.&nbsp; </SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=1>Diane Sybeldon<BR>Information
Services Librarian:<BR>Subject Specialist in Art and Art History, <BR>Music,
Theatre, Dance, Film Studies<BR>and Media Collection<BR>1210 Adamany
Undergraduate Library<BR>Wayne State University<BR>Detroit, Michigan
48202<BR>Phone: 313-577-4480<BR>E-mail: </FONT><A
href="mailto:ac7255@wayne.edu"><FONT
size=1>ac7255@wayne.edu</FONT></A><BR><FONT size=1>Fax:
313-577-5265<BR></FONT></P></FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>

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