This video gives insights as to the process Oak Park Library used to determine that replacing an older pneumatic Tech Logic sorter with a new electric Tech Logic sorter was the most responsible decision the library could make.Read more
Tech Logic Headquarters hosted sales training and an end-of year meetup in December. Staff was fortunate to have a visit from Keith Ryskoski, Director of the Washington County, Mn. Library System. Keith was gracious enough to spend a great deal of time giving our Solutions team insights on how to best understand innovation goals for libraries...Read more
December 2, 2017 — In partnership with Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Tech Logic completed the installation of a seven-bin Automated Materials Handling system ahead of schedule at the new Madison Public Library. The library selected a Tech Logic UltraSort™ Automated Materials Handling system featuring both internal and external drive-up "throw and go" book drops and ergonomic SmartBins™. Customizations included a small, 7-degree turn to the internal drop, to accommodate an angled wall. A subtle but elegant job of trimming and positioning purpose-built steel fit the planned space perfectly...Read more
In partnership with Sarasota County Public Library, Tech Logic completed the installation of a nine-bin Automated Materials Handling system at the new Shannon Staub Public Library located on the campus of Suncoast Technical College in North Port, Fl. The library selected a Tech Logic UltraSort™ AMH featuring both internal and external drive-up "throw and go" book drops, ergonomic SmartBins™, and built-in fire suppression as well as a complete suite of RFID workflow tools and CircIT™ self-checkout stations...Read more
We just made our #GivingTuesday donation to support EveryLibrary and their mission to help libraries win the funding they need to serve. EveryLibrary is the only national organization focused on Election Day support for library funding. If you believe like we do that library funding matters, please join us and make a personal #GivingTuesday donation to EveryLibrary. Added bonus: Donations made through our #GivingTuedsday page are eligible for a ‘matching donation’ from the Gates Foundation. Donate HereRead more
We’re showing some shots of a gates install at the Public Library of Brookline in Massachusetts as documentary interest. Installing gates requires the means to provide connection, proper placement and post install testing. We had major help from Callan Bignoli Assistant Library Director for Technology at the Public Library of Brookline and the Village of Brookline IT folks...Read more
PEEEAAACE! (and love!) Here’s Prescott Valley Public Library Circulation Supervisor Casey Van Haren (L) and Teen Librarian Shelbie Marks showing off their new Tech Logic Gates. At bottom is a much loved member of the Tech Logic family, Scott Elwood, as Casey put it “Working late into the night.” ...Read more
Sarabeth Kalajian, the insightful and erudite Director of the Sarasota County Library System discusses planning and collaboration when implementing Tech Logic Automated Materials Handling, self-check and RFID - the most responsible choice a library can make. Tech Logic - Built By Librarians.Read more
Tech Logic Inc. announces with great sadness that co-founder Mark Frich, has died. He was 66 years old. The thoughts of Tech Logic's board, management and employees are with Mark's family.Read more
Tech Logic is pleased to announce the recent hire of Nicole Johnson and David Degrandchamp, who in October, joined the Tech Logic team as Senior Solutions Specialists for the Northeast U.S. and eastern Canadian territories, and North Central U.S. and central Canadian territories respectively.Read more
Salt Lake County Library has deployed a 7-bin Tech Logic UltraSort sorting system in its West Jordan branch. It features all the components that make UltraSort the top choice for a positive patron experience with fast “Throw and Go” induction and no confusing interface — but there’s another feature that we know drives higher patron use of the sorter that doesn’t always get implemented: placing it behind glass so patrons can see it work. MORE...Read more
American Libraries featured ValueIT™ as a "new labor-saving service" in a July online article called "Save Staff Time," written by Carrie Smith. The story recognizes how important weeded and donated materials are to raising money for friends' groups, but that it typically takes tremendous manpower to sort and price items. It highlights the benefits of Tech Logic's ValueIT™ system — saving time and generating the most revenue by determining market value.
Smith provides an excellent summary of the ValueIT™ system's process: "After the system scans a book’s barcode, the software queries a copy of Amazon’s book pricing database—updated twice daily—to determine its value. Based on a library’s parameters, high-value books can be boxed and shipped to Amazon for sale online through an account owned by the library or Friends group, allowing for a quick return on the book. When materials are sold online, Amazon deducts all shipping, handling, and fees and deposits the proceeds directly into the library’s or Friends’ account." MORE...Read more
OAKDALE, MN (07/05/2017) Gary Kirk, President of Tech Logic a Minnesota-based manufacturer of automation systems, has been appointed to the board of United for Libraries, a Trustees and Friends advocacy group.
A division of the American Library Association, United for Libraries was the result of a 2009 merger between two advocacy groups: Friends of the Library USA and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates. The combination of these advocacy groups promotes the development of strong Trustee and Friends of the Library groups along with providing education and tools to help facilitate a stronger advocacy voice for libraries across the U.S. The combined strength of fiscal development expertise and governing expertise allows for those who advocate for libraries to have deeper insights towards strengthening libraries in their communities.
Gary’s presence on the team will provide a unique vendor-based viewpoint that will help libraries and their advocates understand how to better implement modern workflow improvement systems as well as the means to best choose and acquire the right solutions. Having informed, subject matter-based Friends and Trustee transparent implementations will lead to better patron experiences, and higher library use.Read more
OAKDALE, MN (July 1, 2017) Tech Logic, provider of sorting, self-service and RFID solutions to libraries has appointed Steve Hanulec as Director of Marketing. Steve will be charged with communicating the exceptional value of all of Tech Logic’s solutions, as well as the company’s persona, to the Library Market.Read more
Tech Logic, inventors of Automated Materials Handling for libraries, and a leading provider of both RFID and barcode-based self-checkout, announced today the release of a new, enhanced CircIT™ FLEX self-checkout user interface design. The new CircIT™ FLEX interface is available to all new and existing customer libraries on their hardware choice of standalone touchscreen kiosk, desktop kiosk, patented staff-monitored "Combo" station, and even as software for library-supplied hardware.Read more
For most libraries, the biggest hurdle to implementing RFID is the daunting task of tagging the entire collection. Some fortunate libraries can afford to outsource tagging; some libraries can close branches or an entire system to tag with existing staff. But many libraries are faced with finding an affordable long-term strategy for tagging over time. What are some of the considerations?Read more
Self-checkout delivers its best results when patrons encounter the fewest blocks or interruptions to their checkout sessions. One patron block widely used by public libraries is an “address check” to verify that a patron’s resident status based on home address is still current. Patrons changing a home address may no longer qualify for resident library services without paying a non-resident fee. The address check block is typically set to occur at a regular interval, requiring the patron to re-verify resident status. Salt Lake County Library has eliminated the need to verify home address in person by using the “National Change of Address” or NCOA database owned and maintained by the U.S. Postal Service.Read more
Frisco Public Library in Frisco, TX, recently experienced a total network and Internet connectivity outage—both wired and wireless network access were down. As with many of our customers, Frisco Public library relies on its Tech Logic UltraSort AMH to check in and sort all returned materials. When network connectivity failed, the AMH could no longer communicate with the library’s ILS server to remove materials from patron records. Not only did staff have to check in materials manually, but patron services suffered as a result.Read more
In 2015, Tech Logic introduced the CircIT Flex, a free standing self-checkout system for library materials. The product, using Tech Logic’s patented CircIT software, allows for patrons to check out items on their own, allowing library staff more time to accomplish more pressing issues. In 2017, Tech Logic introduced the newest member of the Flex family, the Flex Desktop...Read more