2018 - current

MOBAC

Library Consortium Shared Library System Assessment

The MOBAC consortium included several libraries running stand-alone instances of the open source library system, Koha.   All were hosted by ByWater Solutions.  One member of MOBAC was running a hosted version of Polaris. The group was interested in exploring the options of joining together as a resource-sharing consortium using Koha.

2019 - current

Multnomah County Library

Library Automated Materials Handling Consultation

Engagement involves working with Multnomah County as they begin rolling out automated material handling technology throughout their system starting with Midland Library as a pilot site. Project includes assisting with the design and configuration of the AMH system at Midland and working with the Library to develop metrics for assessing the initial pilot project. The project also includes developing functional and business requirements for this project. These requirements will be rolled into a larger requirements package for the library system for use during the procurement process over the next few years.

2019 - current

Mississauga Library

Library Automated Materials Handling Consultation for Library Remodel

Mississauga Library (Ontario) was finalizing plans for a remodel of the Central Library which was to include automated materials handling. The Library's couriers operate out of the Central Library basement, while the Circulation Dept operates on the main floor. The Library sought a thorough analysis of how best to implement materials handling for the Central Library operations as well as Courier operations. Lori Ayre provided the analysis and recommendations and worked through numerous design options with the design and Library teams.  Ayre is now working with the Library and City to procure the system.

2020-current

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library AMH Consultation

Assisting Library with planning of new central support services center that will include central sorting.  Engagement includes evaluation of current workflows related to delivery of CPL material as well as sorting and distribution of material betw

2019 - current

Alameda County Library

Alameda County Library Space Planning Assessment

This project involves capturing the work space requirements of every individual and workgroup currently occupying the Library's Administration Building in Fremont and developing a plan to reallocate space to provide improved workflows and optimize

July, 2020 - current

MARINet

RFID Consultant

The MARINet consortium is composed of nine multitype libraries in Marin County.  They have decided to move forward as a consortium to implement RFID.  Lori Ayre is on retainer to support this process.

2020 -

LibraryCall - A project of The Galecia Group

LibraryCall - Services for Reaching Across the Digital Divide

During COVID, we got busy putting together some services that would enable libraries to reach patrons without a broadband connection.  With libraries closed, we knew these were the people who needed our help.  From that inspiration, LibraryCall services were borne. We've created several services including:

Storytime Commons - a repository of high-quality, updated stories that we've adapted for the times. These are stories that our Dial-A-Story customers can select and schedule for their Dial-A-Story programs.  We pull stories from this collection for our Storytime Direct service.

Dial-A-Story Studio - a service that enables libraries to implement their own Dial-A-Story service.  They can use our Storytime Direct stories and may upload their own.  Libraries set their own schedules, have as many phone numbers as they like, track their stats, and use our widgets so that the service is available to phone-only patrons as well as online patrons.

Storytime Direct - a service that allows libraries to deliver a new story every week without having to do any work to make it happen.  We push a new story from our Storytime Commons collection each week.  Libraries may have an English line or both an English and Spanish line.  We set you up with the phone numbers, widgets for online users to enjoy the stories, and all the library needs to do is let people know about the service.  Couldn't be easier or more affordable to reach across the digitial divide.

Resource Hotline - tools to deliver timely information to people by phone.  Our interface makes it easy for libraries to change the content that gets delivered, and track how callers use the service. Callers can leave messages, be routed to another number (e.g. another community resource) or listen to recordings prepared by staff.

Community Calendar - this smart calendar reads whatever events are coming up based on the time the call is made.  Callers don't have to listen to information about events that have passed. With one phone call, they can hear exactly what's happening and learn how to participate.  Library staff choose what to include - could be library-only events or communty-wide events.  It's completely customizable by the library.

These services are currently offered under the heading of LibraryCall.  More information about the services (and others we have in the works) at LibraryCall.com.

2021 -

Ocean State Libraries

RFID And Materials Handling Workflow Assessment for Consortium

The members of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium are considering moving to RFID as a consortium.  Some members are currently using RFID while others are not. Lori Ayre will be working with the libraries to provide a cost estimate for moving all members to RFID and also helping them determine whether that is the right course of action.  Ayre will be evaluating their circulation and materials handling workflows and providing recommendations for how to efficiently address their primary pain points and position themselves for the future. 

2017-current

Seattle Public Library

Library Automated Materials Handling Consultation

The Seattle Public Library purchased a cutting edge automated materials handling system in 2004 when it opened its new main library. While the system continues to function, it has experienced substantial wear and tear of the last 13 years.  The Library decided it was time to explore the automated materials handling marketplace to evaluate whether it was time to replace the system.  

As part of the consultation, Lori Ayre evaluated the cost of ownership of the system over the years and worked with staff to understand what was working well and what wasn't working well. She worked with the SPL team to explore opportunities available from the existing AMH vendor as well as other vendors providing competitive solutions and is assisting the library throughout their evaluation of options.

2021 -

Regina Public Library

RFID and AMH Consultation with Regina Public Library (Saskatechewan)

Regina Public Library (RPL) is in the early stages of its Central Library Renewal initiative. Begun in 2019 with a comprehensive Needs Assessment and Project Plan for Central Library Renewal, the project includes a plan to upgrade the library system to RFID and implement automated materials handling (AMH). The Library seeks a consultant to ensure staff understand the RFID and AMH market options and opportunities that are available and to provide recommendations for identifying products and/or functionality that would benefit the Library and help RPL achieve their strategic goals.

Lori Ayre will work with the library to:

  • Review and provide feedback to internally developed AMH Assessment
  • Supplement existing AMH space assessment as needed
  • Provide information about state-of-the-art products in the following categories:
    • Materials induction systems
    • Sorting systems
    • RFID gates for more than just security
    • RFID shelving solutions
    • New, innovative products based on RFID
  • Provide RFID and AMH recommendations and act as broker with regard to potential vendors and suppliers
  • Assist with procurement of RFID and possibly AMH
  • Assist with planning for RFID and AMH implementation