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Bridge Pro 2.0 release

Bridge Pro 2.0 was released on the 10 Dec 2012, following a successful beta test. Some of the new features include:

  • Display of message if item has been borrowed before
  • Display of warning for cards about to expire
  • Allow renewals when loan limit is exceeded
  • Allow log in for expired cards
  • Use the self service machines for automating book sales

Please refer to what’s new in Bridge Pro 2.0  on the website, for a full list of new functionality. To learn more about these features join us for a webinar on 31 January at 11:00.

If you are interested in the Bridge Pro 2.0 release please raise a support case and Capita will schedule the upgrade with you in the New Year.

UCLan wins RFID in Libraries Innovation award

The Unversity of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been crowned the winner of the 2011 BIC/CILIP RFID Innovation Award for their extended use of the sorter. UCLan has adapted their 3M FX Sorter, using Capita’s Bridge Pro to sort item into the correct bins, and upload acquisitions to the LMS.

Using the sorter in this way will allow UCLan to get items on to shelves and available to students within a couple of hours of delivery – a process that previously could take up to a week. As Jeremy Andrew, Head of Library and Training Services at UCLan, explains, this will significantly improve the student experience.

Watch a video of the sorter, in which Jeremy also talks about how the sorter was adapted, and the full benefits it will bring the library.

For more information about Bridge Pro and extending the functionality of your sorter, email libraries-sales@capita.co.uk.

 

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Talis Bridge Pro 1.5 Release and Consultation Survey

The latest version of Talis Bridge Pro, version 1.5, has now been released. The main features of this release include:

  • Accept overpayment and record it as credit
  • Self-issue of age restricted AV material
  • Automatic item relocation for dynamic stock system.

More details of all the new features can be found in the accompanying ‘What’s New in Talis Bridge Pro 1.5’ document.

To schedule the free upgrade of your Talis Bridge Pro licences you will need to raise a case through My Support. Talis Bridge Lite customers wanting to find out more about upgrading, please contact sales@talis.com.

In preparation for the next Talis Bridge Pro release (2.0), we would like your input into which areas to focus development. A consultation survey has been posted onlineit contains all the new features we identified from customer feedback. Please indicate which features you feel are most important and add comments where appropriate. Should there be any area that we have not covered, there is a comments box at the bottom for you to suggest additional functionality.

Trafford wins RFID innovation award

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has won the BIC/CILIP RFID in Libraries Innovation Award 2010 for their implementation of RFID across the council. The award will be formally presented at the RFID in Libraries Conference on 9 November 2010. They were awarded the title for ‘extending RFID beyond the ‘front of shop’ and understanding how RFID-enabled items can transform back-office operations to the advantage of the Council.’

The concept for the award-winning innovation came from Trafford realising great potential in back-office saving by having shelf-ready books upon delivery. Trafford worked closely with Talis Additions Partner Intellident and the Talis team to develop the smartTunnel™ product. Enabling the tight integration between the LMS and the smart tunnel is Talis Bridge Pro.

How it works

Upon receipt of a shipment, the box of books is placed in the smartTunnel, and within a few seconds the LMS is updated with the contents. These books are then shelf-ready or can be despatched to another destination across the library service. Any incomplete delivery is identified immediately.

The new technology helps the home library service run by Trafford Libraries. It enables bulk loaning to those that cannot make it to a library or that require large orders (such as residential homes). It also helps with inter-library exchanges with boxes of items being swapped between libraries without the need to scan individual items. Additionally it will receipt stock in to stock, and authorise payment.

Congratulations to Trafford Libraries for their recognition of the work they have been doing over the last couple of years.