Provides physical security for the materials, A technology that library staff should be aware of and familiar with, Composed of a set of sensor panels (with or without gates), magnetic strips placed in or on every item in the collection, demagnetizing machine
A related method for libraries to protect their physical collection,
Placed in or on every item in the collection, Includes not only a setting that indicates if the item may or may not leave the library but also coding that identifies the item. In a sense, combines the actions of a barcode and magnetic strip. Also, tag is easily read by RFID equipment (range: 2-12 inches) without being seen and multiple tags can be read at the same time.
The possibility of maneuvering materials around the library with great efficacy. Patrons may take tagged items to self-checkout stations and check out all the items they desire. Inventories can be accomplished with shelf- reading method.
Privacy, (signal that the tag gives off, content stored) Range of signal is quite short, Start-up costs.
Is the cost to install or replace these technologies represents a saving over the expected theft rate of materials without the equipment? Savings/expected theft of materials without the equipment. If not, establish missing item replacement fund in the library’s acquisition budget.