RFID in Libraries: A Step toward Interoperability--eEditions e-book

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Library Technology Reports, July 2012 (48:5)

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The approval by The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) of a new standard for RFID in libraries is a big step toward interoperability among libraries and vendors.  By following this set of practices and procedures, libraries can ensure that an RFID tag in one library can be used seamlessly by another, assuming both comply, even if they have different suppliers for tags, hardware, and software. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Lori Bowen Ayre, an experienced implementer of automated materials handling systems,

  • Provides background on the evolution of the standard 
  • Addresses the costs and benefits of RFID, which can be an expensive technology
  • Discusses issues for libraries and their vendors in migrating to the new standards, identifying additional steps needed to remove legacy barriers
  • Offers recommendations for libraries that have implemented RFID as well as for those getting started
  • Shows how to use tags to optimize workflows and design new services

Lori Bowen Ayre

Lori Bowen Ayre specializes in automated materials handling (AMH), open source library system software, and RFID. Her company, The Galecia Group, serves library clients coast-to-coast from Washington State (King County Library System) to the East Coast (Massachusetts Library System). Ayre was first published on the topic of RFID in 2005 when she authored “Wireless Tracking in the Library: Benefits, Threats, and Responsibilities” in RFID-Applications, Security and Privacy (Addison Wesley). Most recently, Ayre co-authored “Label-Less Library Logistics: Implementing Labor-Saving Practices in Massachusetts’ High-Volume Resource Sharing System” which appears in Collaborative Librarianship, 2011(3).

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