Materials Handling Automation to Reduce Operating Costs
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Speaker: Gretchen L. Freeman, Associate Director for Technology, Salt Lake County (Ut.) Library System
Speaker: John J. Callahan, Library Director, Palm Beach County (Fla.) Library System
Speaker: Lori Ayre, Principal Consultant, Galecia Group
What do self check-out machines, self check-in machines, automated sorters, and RFID have in common? One important thing...when selected and implemented correctly, these automated materials handling (AMH) solutions can reduce your library's operating expenses dramatically. Many libraries are digging into capital funds to implement these solutions in order to reduce staffing costs and while this is a sound strategy, it can go bad pretty quickly. This session will focus on AMH procurements including how to evaluate products, ROI and payback strategies, and critical implementation issues.