Current trends in library RFID


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Current and planned changes you may need to know about when preparing your RFP. Should be read in conjunction with NAG/BIC procurement guidelines (freely available from

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  • IFLA has set up a Special Interest Group for RFID – changes in these other areas too!
  • Danger that LMS suppliers will use the uncertainty over what will emerge from NISO (and when) to continue developing proprietary bilateral solutions.
  • Not a protocol. Seeks to ensure that data elements – and values – are standardised across APIs, web services….
  • Work in progress at the moment. EU work being carried out without advice from librarians or library sector so be prepared for the unexpected!
  • New installations should safeguard their investment by insisting on ISO 28560-2. As market evolves suppliers will increasingly be tempted to develop against a single model.
  • Standards allow libraries to pick ‘best of breed’ solutions but suppliers argue that single source of supply will reduce costs – so make your decisions accordingly!
  • Current trends in library RFID

    1. 1. Current Trends andDevelopments in Library RFIDMick FortuneLibrary RFID Ltd
    2. 2. Big Changes Afoot?• Things are changing rapidly, and globally ▫ IFLA Special Interest Group on RFID• Standards and Legislation• Interoperability and applications• Procurement
    3. 3. Standards and Legislation• ISO 28560• SIP/NISO• BLCF• EU and BSI Privacy concerns
    4. 4. ISO 28560• US, UK and Australia have adopted 28560-2 ▫ Each with own ‘profiles’ – regional in Australia ▫ UK national profile is now UK data model• Japan now pushing for UHF version ▫ Accelerated standards procedure ▫ Release in 2013?
    5. 5. SIP/NISO• SIP 3.0 published by 3M in early 2012• Now donated to NISO - 7th June 2012• LMS suppliers have been slow to adopt• SIP 3.o - and NISO’s NCIP - are circulation only• Will NCIP or SIP 3.0 become US standard for self-service circulation?
    6. 6. BLCF• Developed in response to proliferation of integrated solutions• Best chance of avoiding technology lock-in or loss of functionality.• Delivery mechanism agnostic ▫ Not prescriptive ▫ Not a protocol• Work underway to develop new functionality ▫ Partners included 3M, Bibliotheca, 2CQR, Capita, Infor and possibly SirsiDynix
    7. 7. EU and BSI Privacy concerns• EU (and BSI) are preparing Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) for RFID• Libraries are one of 6 key markets identified by EU• Librarians (NOT suppliers) will be required to submit a PIA for their use of RFID• You will need to know EXACTLY what data is being stored on tags.• EU will have legal force, BSI will be guidance only.• Both different!
    8. 8. Interoperability and applications• Current position ▫ Survey results show poor/no interoperability between RFID solutions. ▫ Most libraries that have used multiple suppliers have simply switched data models – no other choice was available. (UK data model overcomes these problems).• Future developments ▫ RFID/LMS suppliers partnering to create proprietary integrated solutions (e.g. Bibliotheca US/Ex Libris, Civica/Bibliotheca UK etc.) (BLCF can help avoid lock-in!)• Future apps ▫ Smartphones with NFC can read library tags but formatting issues to be overcome. ▫ Solus, Boopsie looking at incorporating RFID into their smartphone/tablet apps.
    9. 9. Procurement• Shopping list or RFP? ▫ As standards become more commonplace patterns of procurement will change ▫ Choose your preferred solution – not just the one that works with your LMS or tag model.• Different ways to build solutions ▫ Need for better strategic view – DIY approach ▫ Responsibility lies with libraries to demand - not market to dictate
    10. 10. Guidelines go out of date – fast!• Keep yourself informed of changes ▫ Join the lists  LIB-RFID - UK list  RFID-LIB – US list ▫ Read the blogs  (other blogs are available) ▫ Follow the Tweeters  @LibraryRFID  @GaleciaGroup  @BIC1UK ▫ Monitor NAG and BIC websites  
    11. 11. Thank You!Mick FortuneLibrary RFID