2010-2011

San Jose Public Library

RFID and AMH Cost Estimates and Evaluation

Provided cost benefit analysis of RFID and automated materials handling solutions for reducing operating expenses and increasing customer service workflow efficiencies. Worked with library to re-envision interlibrary sorting and delivery operations.

2011

Willard Library

ILS Environment Evaluation (Windows, SaaS, Linux and Virtual Servers)

Assisted library with choosing between staying in their current Windows server environment or moving to a Linux environment using virtual servers or moving to an Software as a Service (Saas) environment hosted by the ILS vendor.

2009-2011

Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System

Autosort RFI-RFP Project

Assisted with development of RFI/RFP to implement central, automated sort for all Massachusetts regional systems. Assisted with research, RFI and then RFP development, evaluation, and procurement. The project is a follow-up to the delivery evaluation performed in 2008.  

2009-2010

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Materials Handling and Collection Development Study (WCCLS)

Conducted materials handling and collection management analysis. The project addressed space shortage issues, materials handling workload, how to reduce turnaround time and expand services, and ways to improve central delivery and sorting. The analysis will also included a comparison of RFID versus bar codes solutions and provide suggestions for how to implement AMH solutions into their libraries.

2007-2010

Sonoma County Library

Delivery Analysis and IT Staffing Project

Worked with library during a transition period providing IT management mentoring and IT staffing consulting. Also provided guidance on some facility remodel projects. Contract began with evaluation of interlibrary delivery services.

2008-2010

Multnomah County Library

Materials Handling and Collection Management Study

Multnomah County was suffering from overcrowding.  There were too many books for the shelves despite their aggressive weeding protocols.  To assist in finding solutions, Lori Ayre conducted a comprehensive materials handling and collection management analysis resulting in multiple recommendations falling into six categories:

  1. Automate the sort and delivery operations
  2. Create an off-site, just-in-time storage and retrieval system that is integrated with the sort operation.
  3. Add automated materials handling systems (sorters and self-service check-in) at the Central and regional libraries.
  4. Add stand-alone bookdrops and expand the size of the Delivery team.
  5. Make policy and procedures changes
  6. Expand self-service options.

2009

MARINet

Network Staffing Evaluation

Evaluated staffing requirements for system office of MARINet, an organization providing shared catalog (and other services) for six libraries.

2007-2008

Peninsula Library System

Home Delivery Pilot

Managed Home Delivery Pilot project, a project funded by an LSTA grant to evaluate the cost and benefits of providing home delivery for library materials. Project was cancelled due to integration issues with integrated library system.

2006-2008

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Delivery Service Consultation

Contract began with evaluation of delivery service in the context of other services provided to METRO members. Analyzed costs associated with providing delivery and alternative approaches to improving service. Continued engagement to help METRO maintain excellent delivery service.

2008

North Suburban Library System

In-House Delivery Service Consultation

Evaluated delivery system and provided recommendations for reducing costs and planning for increases in volume while reducing staff costs.