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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 4943..


(6) How many complaints have been received regarding the new system.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The new system for returning library items is part of the rollout of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology which helps manage library collections. Part of this system includes an automated chute and a book sorter at Woden Library. The new chute and book sorter use RFID to identify items as belonging to the library, automatically return items from members' records, and automatically sort items for shelving, member requests, or return to other branches. Woden Library has an automated chute and book sorter. Kingston Library also has an automated chute, but no sorter. The new Gungahlin Library will also have an automated chute and book sorter once completed.

(2) The new system is permanent.

(3) There have been no direct cost savings as a result of the introduction of the new chute and book sorter. The new system was introduced as part of a workplace health and safety measure due to the manual handling workload for staff in the Woden Library and vandalism that has been occurring through library book chutes. Staff that would have been sorting books have now been redeployed to other tasks within the library service.

(4) The new system is part of the library-wide rollout of RFID technology. Library staff undertook an assessment of the new system and its operation prior to its introduction. There was no consultation with patrons about the introduction of RFID in the libraries.

(5) The Library has received feedback about the system from both Kingston and Woden Libraries. Generally, feedback about the Kingston chute has been positive. Feedback from Woden Library patrons has resulted in ACTLIS in liaising with the Heritage Unit regarding installation of a bench for patrons to put books on at the chute, and with the chute supplier to change the system to have it unlock when it recognises a library book rather than a library card.

(6) There have been 147 complaints received by ACTLIS management regarding the chute at Woden Library.

Planning—McGregor Hall (Question No 1072)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 26 August 2010 (redirected to the Minister for Land and Property Services):

(1) Has the public land in the Northern Part of Section 21 City been sold by the ACT Government to the Australian National University (ANU); if so, how much has the ACT Government received for this direct land sale.

(2) If the sale referred to in part (1) has not yet taken place, how much does the ACT Government expect to receive from the sale of this land.


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