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Book sorters telling a problematic tale

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Jeffco libraries unexpectedly beta-testing model

By Emile Hallez

Automated book sorters that cost the Jeffco Public Library $2.6 million and came with innumerable service headaches recently offered another surprise — the Swiss manufacturer Bibliotheca apparently used the library system as a beta test for one of the company’s complex machines.

The book sorters — a computerized assembly of belts and rollers that scan and sort materials via radio-frequency chips implanted in them — were acquired to increase efficiency and reduce the number of staff required to sort books and return them to shelves.


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