Radio Frequency Identification Technology in LibrariesValdosta State UniversityMLIS 7505 By Stephanie Coney
RFID Technology RFID works with a transponder or tag and a reader. These two units work together to identify the object. The transponder is attached to the object and the reader is stationary.
The 4 devices to RFID Technology RFID tags Readers or Coupler Antenna Server
RFID Tags Are flexible, paper-thin smart labels, approximately 2x2 inches in size; each tag contains an etched antenna and a tiny chip that is both readable and writable Are electronically programmed with unique information Can store vital bibliographical data including a unique accession number to identify each item of your collection There are three types of tags: “read only”, “WORM”, and “read/write”
Reader/Coupler Is composed of radio frequency modules, a control unit, and an antenna to read electronic tags via radio frequency communication Used to communicate between the tags and the server Sends information in two directions
Antenna Used to produce radio frequency waves that initiate tags as they pass through an activation field Is able to read multiple tags at one time
Server An important part of the RFID technology Links the coupler and the library’s automation system
Advantages to RFID Technology in Libraries Speedy Circulation Operations Self-Charging/Discharging Highly Reliable High-Speed Inventory Control Automated Handling of Material Long Life-RFID