|Keystone Systems, Inc. has announced that it has successfully integrated
its KLAS (Keystone Library Automation System) software with a state-of-the-art
computer-controlled warehouse storage-and-retrieval system manufactured
by Diamond Phoenix. According to the announcement, the KLAS Carousel Storage
interface allows quick, easy, and accurate pulling of materials for library
patrons. It also speeds the return to storage when items are checked back
The first library to implement this interface was the New Mexico Talking
Book Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The library recently moved into a
space located in the newly constructed New Mexico Library, Archives and
Records center in Santa Fe. The library chose to use the carousel system
to reduce storage-space requirements in the new facility.
"The efficiency of space utilization in the carousels allowed for substantial
savings in construction costs," said Jerry Packard, New Mexico Talking
Book Library’s acting director. The library now has double the storage
capacity for its collection in half the square footage of what it had before
the move. This is due to the greater density of materials storage provided
by the carousels over conventional library compact shelving. According
to the announcement, reduced construction costs more than paid for the
system, and increased operating efficiency was an added bonus.
With the new KLAS interface, the library estimates that picking and
check-out operations have seen a 60-percent improvement in efficiency,
trimming the process from 5 to 2 hours. There has been a 65-percent improvement
in check-in and re-shelving operations, which now take less than an hour
and are done with three steps instead of the eight steps required before.
Using the carousel system and KLAS, the New Mexico Talking Book Library
currently manages 44,000 titles and 285,000 copies of books on recorded
cassettes. The library circulates 125,000 items annually to 4,500 patrons
throughout the state via U.S. mail. The library uses KLAS software to manage
the selection of materials for readers according to their stated interests
and preferences. KLAS also tracks the precise location of the items, which
are stored randomly in the carousel system in individual plastic shipping
Source: Keystone Systems, Inc., Raleigh, NC, 800/222-9711; http://www.klas.com.