Benefits of RFID’s in Libraries{4}

by Nelson T
In an article found in the Faulkner Information Services database, an article written by James G. Barr explains how RFID’s help libraries run and operate their services, staff and other tasks. An RFID is a either a chip or tag that contains data thats transmitted wirelessly to a reader in range. It is more efficient than conventional barcodes and can also be a great theft deterrent for books and other assets. For libraries, it is one of the best information systems solution for their dynamic inventory and tracking their large amount of assets. TAGSYS is a specialized company who provides the tags, readers and software needed. They not only provide for libraries but also pharmacies and textile services. Some benefits from these tags are the data contained in them can tell what the author, title and genre of a book and also keep a more consistent inventory since tags can be read through covers and pages. One big benefit is loss prevention.

This is great technology for places like libraries who have dynamic inventory and large amounts of data to record. RFID’s have been around for a while and are used in more things than just tags on books or other media. They are also found as access keys and data stored on credit cards. For libraries it is a very beneficial technology that deters theft on their books, manuscripts and other assets. It helps them keep consistent records of what they have available and keep an accurate count in their inventory so that they may provide the needed books or mediums to its users.


Barr, J. (2010, November). Benefits of rfid-based library systems. Retrieved from