RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is another of those technologies that have been slowly, but surely, moving into libraries. It is already used with regularity in large stores like WalMart; there is a good chance your local supermarket also uses RFID. At its simplest, it transmits data, e.g., barcode information, using radio waves. Libraries primarily use RFID to read the barcode labels on their materials. We'll figure out what RFID is and how it works, look at companies and libraries that have implemented, and find out why others have not taken this step.
This series, Tech Topics, is primarily lecture-based and introduces library staff to technologies that may impact libraries and library services.
- Define RFID and explain how it works
- Consider RFID implementations
- Identify 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages for implementing RFID