LIBRARY AUTOMATION



Reduction of staff duties:

Use of RFID technology in a library can decrease the time needed for circulation duties since more than one tag can be read at a time. Patron checkout stations can additionally free up staff from these duties. The time necessary to complete an inventory of the library collection can be reduced since inventory can be accomplished with a wand reader as the staff member walks through the stacks of the collection. In addition to the inventory, this wand can also determine if items have been shelved in the correct order. Conveyor belts and sorting systems can reduce the time that staff spends shelving returned items because the items can be presorted. By reducing the staff duties in these areas, staff may be used more efficiently in other areas including increased face-to-face service and increased the number of community programs.

Reliability:

Correctly operating readers and tags can have near 100% detection rates. Since the tags and sensors communicate with the Integrated Library System (ILS) it is possible to know exactly which items are moving out of the library. The high reliability is especially important when RFID is used in theft detection.

Tag life and appearance:

Vendors claim that the tag life can be at least 100,000 transactions or at least 10 years. These tags do not interfere with the appearance of the book, and can even be made to appear as a bookplate.