RFID systems have been found to be a convenient and cost-effective solution to many of the problems encountered in modern library management.
What is an RFID library system and how does it work?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID technology uses radio waves to track items which possess a tag containing a microchip and antenna. These tags can be attached unobtrusively to library items including books, CDs, DVDs, and manuscripts. Information about each item is programmed onto the tag, which can then be checked in or out using a scanning system.
What are the advantages of using an RFID library system?
There are numerous advantages to the use of RFID technology in libraries. The main benefit is the contribution to increased staff productivity and overall efficiency. An RFID library system enables customers to check items in and out at self-service stations without requiring the presence of library staff. In contrast to barcode-scanning systems, it is possible to scan multiple RFID-tagged items at once, saving time for the customer and reducing the need for staff assistance.
Library staff also benefit from the use of an RFID system when taking inventory or searching for stock. By using handheld scanning devices, staff can easily search for, identify and weed out items in much less time.
RFID technology can also be used to facilitate a library security detection system. When there is an unauthorized removal of a tagged item from the library, an alarm will sound at the exit gates to immediately alert staff. Some RFID library systems are also sufficiently sophisticated to be able to have the tags upgraded to include a people counting function, thus enabling the collection of real-time information.
In short, an RFID library system will streamline and enhance the entire library experience for staff and customers alike.