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April 14, 2009

GoLibrary comes to Plainfield

PLAINFIELD — Officials here have decided to move ahead with a partnership to bring a GoLibrary unit to the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Todd Cutler of Evanced spoke to the town council this week to introduce the idea.

“GoLibrary is a new endeavor for us,” Cutler said. “We are partnering with a Swedish company and the unit is being manufactured in Italy.”

GoLibrary is an automated library machine. It handles the process of storing books, CDs and DVDs, handling loans, accepting returns, and performing basic administration. The machine has the capability to give patrons 24-hour access to the library — depending on where the unit is placed.

Rob Cullin, co-owner of Evanced, said there are only six units in operation in the United States, all of which are currently in New York and California.

“Our Swedish partner is a business called Distec AB,” Cullin said. “They realized that they could not support the U.S. market from Sweden.”

Evanced came across the company during a library convention in California and has developed a partnership.

They are currently having a unit built that will be shipped to them in May. The unit will be used for a demonstration model at the American Library Association convention in Chicago during the second week of July.

“But we wanted local statistics so we approached the Plainfield library to help us showcase the GoLibrary,” Cutler said.

Edra Waterman and Susan Carter of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Library knew the staff at Evanced because the facility uses software from its company on its website.

“We are really excited about this partnership,” Waterman said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for the town to partner with the library and a local business.”

Waterman asked the Plainfield Town Council to allow the unit to operate at the recreation center.

“We will fill it with a mix of fiction, non-fiction popular materials,” she said. “We think the audio books would be great for people who are working out.”

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