Application of Radio Frequency Identification Technology in Libraries
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems were developed about 30 years ago. It is the latest technology to be used in libraries for book identification, for self checkout, and for sorting and conveying of library books and also for theft detection. These applications can lead to significant savings in labour costs and increase in efficiency. They can also reduce data entry errors, enhance customer service, and lower book theft and can provide a constant record update of media collections. The paper covers the components and technical features of a modern RFID library system to provide a guideline for the evaluation of this system. There are still many issues that must be addressed before RFID hits the big time. These include new technology for efficiency in operations, electromagnetic security systems, IT infrastructure to handle large amount of data, etc. Finally, the paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of RFID system in libraries, and the extent to which this technology has been introduced in a few Indian Libraries.
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