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Pioneer Library System is committed to occupying a place on the leading edge of library technology for the benefit of both our staff and our customers.  Below are a number of examples of technological innovations adopted by PLS in recent years.  Click the links for vendor information, product demonstrations and device details and specifications.

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24-Hour Library

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: Norman West library and Irving Recreation Center

What it does: Allows 24-hr access to select books, movies and other items from the Pioneer catalog; retrieval of reserved items; item checkout and checkin; catalog searching; payment of fines; library account management.

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Mediabank movie boxes

Vendor: Mediabank

In use since: 2009

Available at:  Norman, Norman West, Moore, Southwest Oklahoma City, Shawnee

What it does:  Automatically dispenses reserved DVD movies via a robotized mechanism, similar to a RedBox vending machine.  The Norman West movie box features a touchscreen interface and allows 24-hour search, reservation, checkout and checkin.  Movie boxes at all other Pioneer locations can be used during regular library hours.

Product details:


MediaSurfer Self-Check Tablet Kiosk

Vendor: Tech Logic

In use since: 2013

Available at: Norman West library

What it does: Allows automatic checkout of iPads for in-library use for up to 2 hours. The machine is a self-contained charging and maintenance system for 16 iPads.

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OverDrive Media Station and download stations

Vendor: OverDrive

In use since: 2013; 2008

What it does: Overdrive Media Station is a touchscreen interface used to introduce the Pioneer OverDrive downloadable collection of ebooks, audiobooks and more.  It allows patrons to browse the collection, sample any of its titles and send links to the titles to their preferred device for checkout.

OverDrive download stations are self-service kiosks located at Pioneer branches which allow patrons to browse, checkout, download and transfer digital audiobooks to the compatible device of their choice.

Overdrive Media Station demo:


Library Document Stations

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: All Pioneer Libraries

What it does: An all-in-one document solution for copying, faxing and scanning that allows customers to print, save or send copies of their documents via an intuitive self-service touchscreen interface.

Product details and specs (downloadable PDF):


RFID Modular Bin Sorter

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: Pioneer Service Center; Norman, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City branches

What it does: Automatic, hands-free item checkin and sorting; checks in library items via RFID and sorts them via a conveyor belt into designated bins for all 11 Pioneer branches and separates items on reserve for customers.

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ScanPro 2000 Microfilm Scanner

Vendor: e-Image Data

In use since: 2012

Available at: Norman and Shawnee branches

What it does: Digitally scans microfilm and microfiche so that images can be viewed, stored on and printed from a computer.  The included PowerScan Productivity Suite software with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows for word searching, copying selected page areas to the clipboard, and creating word-searchable PDFs.

Product details and specs:


Hitachi StarBoard

Vendor: Hitachi

In use since: 2013

Available at: Pioneer Library System training lab

What it does: This interactive whiteboard responds to both finger and pen to easily control a computer from a projected image. Included with every StarBoard is a set of software tools designed for multi-touch and multi-user collaboration.

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Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing system

In use since: 2011

Available at: Shawnee and Purcell branches

What it does: This videoconferencing solution provides high-definition 1080p video, spatial audio, and a setup designed to link two physically separated rooms so they resemble a single conference room, regardless of location. Provided by a grant from OKConnect, this technology can be reserved for public use and a PLS technology expert can assist with setup and operation.

Data sheets, brochures and other literature (PDF):

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