Demystifying automated retrieval systems: the clients' perspective

The implementation of an automated storage and retrieval system at Macquarie University Library offered clear benefits for managing our collection, but the impact on clients of the library was largely unknown. Client acceptance was critically important to the success of the project; we used this opportunity to work more closely with clients, change perceptions and identify new ways of improving both physical and virtual access to the collection. This paper will explore the implementation of this new system, the work undertaken to gain client acceptance and the development of services to improve the exposure of library resources.