Taking care of books and making them available to the readers are important tasks. Most of the library staff’s time is spent in recording information of incoming and outgoing books. Using RFID in libraries staff can automate their day to day and make the process more convenient.
RFID is nowadays widely used in libraries for automation and security activities like- maintenance of documents either inside the library. Radio Frequency Identification Technology can also be used for library management. A library usually requires a tracking system to keep a check on material across the library. RFID based system supports library in tracking and recording the transactions, it helps in monitoring and improving the handling process. RFID tags are attached to books & material in library with their stored information on the chip.
RFID Technology uses a tag with an IC in it which contains all the information about the material tagged. Each RFID tag has a unique identification number. This tag is attached to material in the library and read using RFID reader regardless of alignment or orientation of the tag. These RFID tag are in different forms used according to the application, for Library management usually smart label tags are used. These are thin tags fixed inside the material in library.
With this technology books require less human handling as these label tags are attached to every book in library and can be read with an RFID reader; multiple at a time. It provides a contact less data link, without need for line of sight, for example, the books in the shelves or cardboard boxes can be checked without removing or opening. Unlike barcodes, RFID technology is not concerned about the environment, these tags are robust and durable.
RFID-based systems have been implemented for efficient document tracking purpose throughout the libraries that combine, easier and faster charging and discharging of documents, security of materials, inventorying, stock verification and shelf handling. RFID tag’s transponder listens for a radio query from the reader and responds by transmitting their unique ID code.
Benefits of RFID at Library:
• Reduces the transaction time; faster process.
• RFID makes material handling much easier.
• A great tracking and security system.
• Reduces the time of shelving and circulation.