2016-2017

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Library IT Technology Plan

Worked with library executive and IT teams as well as the County to develop a five year technology plan.  Project included surveys, interviews, and consulting related to their Library's transitioning to RFID and automated materials handling.

2016-2017

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Library Automated Materials Handling (AMH) and RFID Consultation

Engagement with Charlotte Mecklenburg as they plan their transition from barcodes to RFID and from manual processing to automated materials handling.  They Library is in the unusual position of having to renovate one of the branches and will introduce their first automated materials handling system there. In order to plan how best to transition to RFID systemwide and how best to use automated materials handling, Lori Ayre has worked with the Library to evaluate potential vendors.  With Ayre's support, the Library has selected an AMH vendor and will roll-out a longer term plan for implementing RFID in a way that will reduce the workload for Library staff throughout the transition.  The project is ongoing.

2016

Washington County Cooperative Library System

Library Consortium Central Sorter Automated Materials Handing System Consultation

This was a follow-up engagement with WCCLS after the initial project in 2010 when numerous recommendations were provided related to their delivery, materials handling, and RFID and library automated materials handling and self-service systems.

2015-2016

City of Pleasanton Library

Library RFID and Self-Service Consultation

Assisted the Library in evaluating opportunities for implementing RFID and self-service technologies. Engagement includes developing procurement and implementation strategy and facilitating procurement process from RFP development to contract negotiation.  Originally planned to include automated materials handling as part of the procurement but these plans were delayed due to plans related to library remodel and/or new building.

The Library is currently using Innovative Interface's Express Lane for self-check and will be comparing the benefits of adding RFID to their existing Express Lane systems versus moving to self-check systems provided by the RFID vendor.

2015-2016

Library Information Network of Clackamas County

Library Consortium RFID and Automated Materials Handling Consultation

Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) provides services to 13 independent partner libraries in Clackamas County.  Primary services include a shared library system and courier services. As a result of our work with LINCC, the libraries now also share RFID self-service and materials handling equipment and LINCC staff manage these systems centrally. 

The Galecia Group worked with LINCC to assess the materials handling processes and facilities at all member library locations as well as courier operations at LINCC headquarters. We then facilitated a decision-making process and provided consulting to consortium staff as they planned the procurement, provisioning and implementation of the new systems.

2014-2015

Broward County Library

Library Materials Handling, RFID, and AMH Consultation

Wide range of consulting services related to RFID and automated materials handling including analysis of 33 of the Library’s 37 outlets, recommendations for AMH configurations at each location as well as identification of impediments to using AMH or RFID, cost-benefit analyses, market analysis of RFID and AMH vendors, case studies demonstrating best practices, and presentation of findings from study and recommendations.

2015

Anoka County Library

Library Materials Handling Consultation and RFID/AMH Procurement

Consultation with Anoka County Library (MN) to evaluate each of their branches to identify opportunities for improving materials handling workflows and recommend whether, if applicable, how to implement RFID and automated materials handling.  

2015

Greenville County Library System

Library Automated Materials Handling (AMH) Consultation

Working with the architectural firm, McMillan | Pazdan Smith, Lori Ayre provided expertise related to RFID, automated materials handling, and workflow optimization.  Ayre assisted the architectural team with cost estimates, sizing and layout recommendations, sorter design, and material handling workflows.

2014-2015

Carlsbad City Library

Library RFID and Materials Handling Consultation and Procurement

Consultation with Carlsbad City Library to evaluate their three branches for the purpose of upgrading their RFID and materials handling system. They had legacy tags (not compliant with current standards) and a very old sorter at one location. They were looking for help with options for upgrading their system while preserving their investment as much as possible.  

2014

Huntington Beach Library

Library Materials Handling Consultation

Huntington Beach had an old conveyor system for moving books from one part of the Library to another. This system was very old and in disrepair. This consultation involved helping the Library develop a work plan for eliminating the conveyor, adding a new state-of-the-art automated check-in system, implementing an effective self-service environment and changing the ways many of the spaces in the Library to optimize staff and patron workflows.