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>>Barbara R. Herbert          Librarian/NASA ERC Coordinator
>>Georgian Court College     Lakewood, NJ  08701-2697
>>home: bherb@juno.com     work: herbert@georgian.edu
>>NASA ERC: NASA_ERC@georgian.edu
>>We have been using Checkpoint in our secondary schools for close to 10
>>years.  We have been very pleased with the system.  We have had to have
>>the company come in once or twice at each site during that time to check
>>the system.  We found this to be cheaper in the long run than paying a
>>yearly maintenance contract.  We also like the radio frequency system
>>rather than the magnetic strip type system.  The targets are easier to
>>install, and to disable for checkout then magnetic systems.  You also do
>>not have to worry about people with pacemakers if you use a radio
>>frequency system.
>>Pam Tuggle, Director of Media Services
>>Prince George County Schools, Va
>>rxwolf@firstsaga.com (h)
>>ptuggle@pgs.k12.va.us (w)
>>I sent the following to someone who wanted info on how to decide.  I have
>>experience with 3M electromagnetic and am planning for a Checkpoint radio
>>frequency system as outlined below, but don't have direct experience with
>>latter yet.  Out electromagnetic system misses some things (my biggest
>>complaint about it) but radio frequency will miss some things too, according
>>to sales person, who could have sold me either one.  I don't think there is
>>one right answer to which system to get, rather, it depends on a lot of
>>individual circumstances, imho.
>>Ellen Fisher, Librarian
>>Radnor HS, Radnor PA
>>I have 3M electromagnetic now but in my renovated library (moving time ~ 10
>>months hence) we will have radio frequency by Checkpoint.  Some points to
>>miss rate:  % of times the system doesn't catch what it should catch.
>Said to
>>be higher (less good) with electromagnetic systems.
>>distance required between gates or desensitizer and any computer:  8-10 feet
>>with electromagnetic, 2-3 feet (?) with radio frequency.  Sometimes a
>>particular library's configuration dictates radio frequency because of this
>>constraint.  This was true for our renovation plan.
>>steps to check out material:  1 more required with electromagnetic since you
>>have to swipe it over a desensitizer after you scan the barcode and indicate
>>date due (with whatever you use).  With radio frequency, we will scan
>>put date due card in, and that's it.  Data due card will be desensitizing
>>what material can you protect and how:  standard electromagnetic protection
>>and desensitizing is no good for audio and video cassettes.  There are
>ways to
>>protect them but be sure to find out what is involved--it may be a different
>>where does security device go and how easy will it be for your students to
>>find and defeat?  This is probably just a judgment call.
>>Other questions to ask:
>>what will service be like?
>>how far do they have to come from?
>>what is the cost of the maintenance contract?
>>how will you secure your collection?
>>where will you put the security device?
>>how much will they cost?
>>how many different kinds will your collection require to secure everything
>>will secure?  corollary:  what will you secure, what not (e.g., specific
>>magazine titles)
>>who will you use to install them (the security devices)?
>>how difficult is it to do?
>>do you need wheelchair access through your gates?
>>can the aisles be wide enough?
>Part 3 coming up, I think.

Linda Young
Hannibal Jr.-Sr. High Library
Hannibal, NY   13074

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