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Benefits Of Using RFID In Libraries?

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In most libraries, staffing budgets haven’t yet kept pace with the fast-growing communities and the accompanying increase in circulation growth. Without adding personnel, libraries are expected to increase their program offerings and also improve customer service. Many libraries are turning to RFID technology to improve the accuracy, speed of circulation, and shelving functions which will free the library staff to provide direct service to its users. With the technology, the community gets the most value out of the library and also protects a library’s collection. Here are some main benefits of using RFID technology in libraries.


Increase attention from library staff


One of the greatest benefits of RFID is the increased interaction of people and the library staff. When librarians spend less time on routine physical tasks they can pay more attention to the customer experience and human connections.


Ease and fasten check-in and check-out


Either a user or a librarian can read and check out a stack of RFID-tagged items simultaneously. Library visitors are more inclined to process their transactions because the technology is fast and easy to use. The productivity gains are dramatic if the RFID technology is paired with an automated materials handling (AMH) returns system. AMH systems can credit the user’s account, accept a returned library item, and sort the item for reshelving especially when the librarian is engaging with library visitors or is out on the library floor.


Ensure a more productive visit to the library


Keeping track of multiple resources for libraries is an astonishing challenge. Each item is unique and vitally important to the person who wants it. Librarians can easily find each item with RFID as the technology gives an accurate location. Libraries can get an immediate benefit from the recovery of misplaced items in the process of converting to RFID.


Reduce workload on library staff


Introducing RFID technology in the library will benefit staff and improve their job satisfaction. Therefore, instead of them spending time processing books and other library materials, the staff can now spend more time helping people. The RFID technology automatically encodes the information scanned enabling the staff to know where a certain book or item is.


Ensure security


With the RFID technology, librarians can track each item or book in the library when enabled with the tag. This allows for the security of the library items as the tag will automatically be detected when a customer walks through gates that are used to read radio wave signals. The technology reduces theft as the librarians can track inventory and movement of items and books. RFID-based systems move beyond security to become tracking systems that combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library.


Increase efficiency and reduce cost


To achieve these in libraries, RFID technology can encourage self-service. The technology can also provide security for the range of different media offered in libraries.



RFID can help libraries focus on carefully crafted programs, improve staff satisfaction and productivity, engage spaces, and build human connections which will ensure staff time is dedicated to outcomes with the largest community impact.


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