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08 October 2012

TagTeam processes Rfid tags in Queen's University

TagTeam processes Rfid tags in Queen`s University

The Interleaf TagTeam are currently helping Queen's University with their Rfid project.

A project to insert RFID tags into approximately 600,000 books in the McClay Library has been going on over the summer. Interleaf (a company contracted by 3M) has had a team of up to 12 people tagging the books and work on the floors is almost complete (see picture).  It is estimated that all the books in the Library (including those in the large book store) will be tagged by November.

RFID technology streamlines major library processes such as stock checking/management, locating books and self-service circulation control. RFID tags will replace the barcode which currently allows books to be uniquely identified. Initially only the barcode and the Library’s ISIL code (International Standard Identifier) will be encoded onto the tag but RFID offers the ability to encode much more information about the book. It is fast becoming the standard technology to replace barcodes in libraries. Apart from keeping the Library up to date with advances in technology and preparing it for future developments, it will improve the circulation and availability of stock, ensure that the catalogue is kept accurate, and overall improve the student experience of the Library.

(Queen's University IS Newsletter September 2012)



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