Dialoc ID: RFID LIBRARY SOLUTIONS
With RFID you can not only secure items but also identify them. RFID labels can trigger an alarm in RFID security gates. The information programmed in the label can also be used as an item identifier at a workstation of an employee. RFID technology is also very successfully used in self-service in libraries to enable members to check in and out their items. Moreover it can also be used to do inventories and manage a collection, accurately organize shelves and to collect reserved items. For automated return systems such as bookdrops, automated material handling systems and intelligent bookcases, the RFID technology also ensures that CDs, DVDs and books are faster available again for loan.
The RFID label contains a microchip and aluminum antenna that works on a frequency of 13.56 MHz. The RFID label is programmed with identification and security information and then applied to books or library materials. RFID labels can be read remotely to identify items or to detect the security status. Moreover, RFID readers are able to read multiple RFID labels at the same time and through a cover or through desks (at staff stations). In contrast to a barcode, you do not need to physically “see” RFID labels; being present in the field is sufficient. Particularly with regards to lending, returning and sorting, this speeds up and simplifies the process for both users and library staff.
Reasons for libraries to use RFID
Libraries that use RFID systems usually have the following goals and characteristics:
- Libraries that want to improve the service level to the customer
- Libraries that want to improve their circulation traffic
- Libraries that want to improve and simplify the inventory and / or collection management process
- Libraries that want to focus employees more on core activity than just for material processing