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February 4, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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mk Sorting Systems Announces LibDispenser—A Stand-Alone Library Branch

mk Sorting Systems ( announced the launch of LibDispenser, a technologically advanced solution to make materials more widely available to patrons anytime and just about anywhere. This product was designed to help strengthen a library's position as budgets are being carefully considered, at the same time that library services need to extend, not diminish.

Operating as a stand-alone branch, LibDispenser is a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year service solution that handles books, holds, CDs, and DVDs, borrowed or returned, at any branch location. LibDispenser has a simple and intuitive touch-screen user interface, uses the library's existing online catalog, and has a real-time circulation interface with the library's ILS via SIP2 or NCIP.

LibDispenser opens up new opportunities to serve library customers in high-traffic disparate locations, such as railway stations, hospitals, schools, airports, and shopping malls. In addition to being able to provide this focused type of public service, LibDispenser is also ideal for inside the library for securing access to holds and media.

Libraries continue to look for ways to ensure that they remain relevant and effective during these economic times. This highly adaptable and versatile solution has a base capacity of up to 910 materials (books, CDs, DVDs, and games), is 100% weatherproof, and is expandable as required.

mk Sorting Systems, a division of Maschinenbau Kitz GmbH, develops and installs user-friendly self-service and sorting systems for libraries. It offers individual, customized automation solutions that are designed to meet each library's specific needs. To watch the system in action, see

Source: mk Sorting Systems

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