[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Innovative uses of RFID

Marla Ehlers mehlers at grpl.org
Tue Jan 19 10:23:04 EST 2010

I promised I'd summarize and report back.  I heard from perhaps a dozen 
libraries and 2 RFID vendors.

Of innovative uses suggested, one library takes inventory of collections 
frequently to demonstrate to their board and constituency the value of 
the collection which they verify is actually on shelf as well as the 
value of the missing items they are able to locate and bring back into 
the system.

Another library's staff slip tags into colleagues coats and bags to 
cause embarrassment as they leave the building.

All the rest responded with some version of "We're thinking about RFID, 
too, so please share."  Clearly there's much interest out there.

If you missed this initial post over the holiday, feel free to send 
along your ideas for innovative uses of RFID in libraries, something you 
won't read about in the brochures.

Also, if you're really seriously thinking about implementing RFID in the 
next three years and willing to do some out-of-the-box thinking 
regarding a project we're working on, I'd love to hear from you as well.


Marla Ehlers wrote:
> We're building our case for RFID and we're interested in hearing about 
> innovative uses for it in a library and archives setting that we won't 
> learn about from the standard brochures and library literature.
> If you've come up with an innovative use (or just any use you don't 
> think others may have stumbled upon), we'd really love to hear from you!
> Marla

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