Self-checkout coming to all San Diego libraries

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Self-checkout computer kiosks are being installed across the city of San Diego’s 36-branch library system this year to eliminate long lines, free workers up for other tasks and make inventory more efficient and accurate.Installation of the kiosks, which began in late December and will conclude in July, is requiring two-week closures of some branches on a rolling basis.The kiosks include a feature allowing library patrons to get a list of other recommended books or videos based on what they’ve previously checked out.The new technology could allow the library system to shrink its staff or allow branches to stay open more hours with the same personnel.But Sheila Burnett, deputy director of the city’s library system, said so far employees are being redeployed to other tasks.”