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.
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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.
Evaluated delivery operations of all six regional systems and made recommendations for optimizing services including integrating delivery operation with library system software, consolidating delivery systems and automating sort. The Final Report and Recommendations related to sorting, labeling, and workflow were also included.
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:
- Automate the sort and delivery operations
- Create an off-site, just-in-time storage and retrieval system that is integrated with the sort operation.
- Add automated materials handling systems (sorters and self-service check-in) at the Central and regional libraries.
- Add stand-alone bookdrops and expand the size of the Delivery team.
- Make policy and procedures changes
- Expand self-service options.
Evaluated delivery system and provided recommendations for reducing costs and planning for increases in volume while reducing staff costs.
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.
Conducted materials handling analysis. Provided recommendations and projected payback periods for implementing automated materials handling and RFID technologies.
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.
Conducted efficiency analysis of Peninsula Library System’s delivery system. Made recommendations for immediate improvements and long-term planning.
Evaluated materials handling operation including delivery and processing of deliveries at each branch, plus technical services. Provided recommendations for improving efficiency, automating sort, and reducing repetitive steps involved in processing materials. Assisted with planning for new building to house technical services and delivery operations.