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on Jun 20, 2012
Thank you Menlo Park for all the updates to our library!!
I was at the library yesterday. No improvement visible. The lobby looks bare and less inviting than before. The old scanning devices worked perfectly. $237,000 was wasted.
Wonder if the "self check in machine" planned for the future will pay for itself within 5 years? Ten? Given the rise of e-books, it seems physical materials will not be going round as often and that purchase needs to be re-visited.
Norman: "$237,000 was wasted"
Please tell me that you added an extra zero in there by mistake.
The construction for the remodel cost $90,000, which included carpet, furniture, and renovation to move the book slot, and probably other items.
The RFID technology was allocated separately at $147,000. RFID tags were installed in 80,000 items. More secure to prevent theft, allows for much faster checkout.
Any change costs substantial money. Seems like a good investment to me!
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