RFID IN THE LIBRARY

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RFID IN THE LIBRARY

Ergonomics and Workflow Task Force Workshops 2009


2010

Massachusetts Statewide Delivery Committee


AN OVERVIEW

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products store item
-
related data on
digital tags rather than bar code labels. RFID has been evolving into a more effective, convenient, and
cost
-
efficient technology since World War II.. RFID is a method o
f identifying unique items using radio
waves.
A

tag, holds digital information in a microchip

and is equipped with an antenna.
. A tag is adhered
to a library item and read by a device using a radio signal. RFID technology can be used to make check
-
out, c
heck
-
in, self
-
check, sorting, security, and inventory more efficient.

Information is read from RFID tags quickly

much faster than barcoded items. For
example, RFID allows multiple items to be read simultaneously without consideration to orientation. By
offering automated chec
kout, there can be as much as
a 50 percent increase in throughput
.
Also, if RFID
is used for security, there is no extra step when de
-
sensitizing and re
-
sensitizing the material.

RFID can
offer a h
igh reliability

with some vendors pr
omising 100% read
-
rate. It provid
es

an efficient method for
doing an
inventory

since books can be scanned without being moved or opened

RFID can also be used
to support

smoother material handling with a
utomated system
s that allow

the material to be sort
ed and
moved into the appropriate categories,
reducing

the staff
time

needed for reshelving
.

The n
egative aspects of RFID

include the high cost of the equipment and tags.
The cost of individual
tags may vary and is dependent upon the amount of informat
ion stored on the tag and the quantity
purchased but can be as high as 50 cents per tag or as low as 30 cents.

Another disadvantage is that
t
he standards governing the use of RFID in libraries are somewhat incomplete today. The ISO 15693 and
ISO 18000 s
tandards, which are not specific to libraries, do an effective job of governing the
communication between RFID tags and readers.. These standards do not, however, govern the way data
is mapped onto RFID tags, or the way security is turned on an
d off on the

tags. There is cur
rently no tag
data map standard for libraries.
Since radio waves bounce off metal, RFID tags are affected by metals
and ensure a method w
h
ere RFID
-
tagged items can be stolen. For example, metal foil covered over a tag
can block the radio

signal from being read when an item is checked out and when an item is being
passed through exit gates



RFID IN THE LIBRARY

Ergonomics and Workflow Task Force Workshops 2009


2010

Massachusetts Statewide Delivery Committee




Sources of RFID Tags

And Systems

3M Library Systems

3M Center Bldg. 225
-
4N
-
14

St. Paul, MN

55144
-
1000

Telephone:
800
-
328
-
0067

Fax:
800
-
736
-
0030

We
b Site:
http://www.3m.com/us/library

Bibliotheca Inc.


8207 Stephanie Drive

Huntsville, AL 35802

USA

Phone +1
-

256 270 8641

Fax +1
-

256 270 8642

www.bibliotheca
-
rfid.com

Checkpoint Systems

101 Wolf Drive

Thorofare, NJ

08086

Telephone:
856
-
848
-
1800

Toll Free:
800
-
257
-
5540

Fax:
856
-
848
-
0937

Web Site:
http://www.
checkpointsystems.com

Integrated Technology Group

Address:

5000 Miller Court East

Norcross, GA

30071

Telephone:
678
-
336
-
7980

Toll Free:
877
-
207
-
3127

Fax:
877
-
207
-
3129

Web Site:
http://www.integrated
tek.com

Libramation

12527 129 Street NW

Edmonton, AB

T5L 1H7

CA

Telephone:
780
-
443
-
5822

Toll Free:
888
-
809
-
0099

Fax:
780
-
443
-
5998

Web Site:
http://www.libramation.com

Library Automation Technologies

2 East Atlantic Avenue

Somerdale, NJ 08083

Telephone: 856
-
566
-
4121

Fax: 856
-
346
-
9099

www.latcorp.com

Stealth
Network Communication

7060 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 322

Pleasanton, CA

94566

Telephone:
925
-
846
-
708

Fax:
925
-
426
-
8285

Web Site:
http://www.stealthnetwork.com

Tagsys RFID Group Inc.


15 Third Avenue

Burlington, MA

01803

Telephone:
617
-
674
-
5500

Fax:
781
-
272
-
3694

Web Site:
http://www.tagsys
rfid.com


Tech Logic

1818 Buerkle Road

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Telephone: 800
-
494
-
9330

www.tech
-
logic.com