RFID in Libraries



Filed under: — Laura @ 9:25 am

I’ll be speaking on RFID at the California Library Association conference on 11/13 as part of the Intellectual Freedcom Committee’s Issue’s and Updates panel at 2:15 PM .

Other programs on RFID:

11/13 3:45 PM. Understanding RFID: The Vendors Address the Tough Questions. This panel is moderated by Lori Bowen Ayre. Remember her? The vendors on the panel:
Oleg Boyarsky, Library Automation Technologies
Daniel Denault, VTLS
Emmet Erwin, Bibliotheca
Chris Harris,Vernon Library Systems
Douglas Karp, Checkpoint Systems
Frank Mussche, Libramation
Art Leoncio, 3M

I know I want to hear them talk about standards, standards, standards. Oh. And why there haven’t been many security/privacy solutions proposed or much uptake on the encryption API released by Library Automation Technologies. As Eric Ipsen, their Director of Business Development, is fond of telling me, there has been a lot of press on the issues with RFID but not a lot of focus on emerging solutions, I suspect the solutions will get more coverage once they are more widely implemented. Right now, there are still people who don’t believe the risks exist or, if they do, that they are not substantial.

11/15 9:00 AM. RFID Policy & Planning Lessons: Three Libraries Share Their Experiences in Planning for New Technology.

Folks from San Francisco Public, Berekely Public and Fresno County Public will be there. Should be good.

RFID RFP online

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:39 am

The Kent District Public Library has posted their RFP for RFID (scroll down past the fold).

Speaking of the RFP process, there is a new tool in the works which may make this task a bit easier for libraries. openrfp.com has an automatic RFP generator which is free to libraries. From their mission statement:

We do this by developing and maintaining a database of functional descriptors for library operations and technical processing, linking them to vendor product capabilities using a structured vocabulary. Libraries can examine vendor software capabilities against their specific needs.

The say they’re vendor neutral. OpenRFP makes its profit by taking a percentage of any signed contract. They currently don’t have many vendors participating, however. It’s one to watch as it may prove useful once it reaches critical mass.

Tagsys Tech-Logic Partners No Longer

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:19 am

Not much news this week. I did hear from a Tagsys vendor that Tech-Logic will no longer be selling Tagsys tags with their new systems. Old systems will continue to be supported.


Fall LJ netConnect on RFID

Filed under: — Laura @ 10:15 am

The fall 2004 Library Journal netConnect supplement is out. The focus this quarter is on RFID. Yours truly wrote a couple of articles. I’ll have another article coming out soon in College & Research Library News.

IT org urges RFID industry to step up education efforts

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:22 am

The Progressive Policy Institute, an educational institute which promotes accelerated economic growth and challenging special interests, has issued a report calling RFID privacy concerns “at best premature and at worst hypothetical and impractical.”

Their policy document, Radio Frequency Identification: Little Devices Making Big Waves, disses legislative oversight. Instead they would prefer that the industry self-regulate and step up efforts to educate consumers.

More articles & BISG/ALA best practices

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:05 am

CNET weighs in on library RFID. It’s mostly the same old, same old. Of note: they mention the BISG and ALA RFID best practices, saying they have been released. I hadn’t yet seen this anywhere, although I did mention it in my 7/2/2004 post with a promise to scan and post my print copy. I didn’t do it. I’m horrible. A thousand lashes with a wet noodle for me.

I did a bit of poking around on the BISG site and found a ccompleted draft had been posted. On August 18. I wonder why ALA hasn’t made any big noises about it. It may have been announced on their Intellectual Freedom email list, but I’m not a subscriber (soon to be rectified, you can be assured dear reader). It hasn’t been mentioned on the Office of Intellectual Freedom’s RFID page nor has it garnered a link on the ALA RFID Fact Sheet. Perhaps we’ll hear something when the guidelines are ratified.

The other noteworthy part of the CNET article is the goals attributed to Vinod Chachra of VTLS

The real shakeup could come many years from now, when RFID completely transforms the way libraries operate, if you buy into Chachra’s grand plan. He envisions a day when libraries completely do away with the time-tested Dewey Decimal classification system, opting instead for a sort of organized chaos governed by the vigilant and unblinking eye of RFID.

Never going to happen. Somebody please explain the priciples of serendipity and collocation to this man!

RFID Survey

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:26 am

The Packaging Program and Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly State
University, San Luis Obispo, California, cooperatively developed an
online survey designed to collect information with regards to the
implementation of RFID systems in libraries. This survey is aimed to
draw information with regards to the performance of such systems
already in place and expectations from those being planned. For the
success of this survey, we would like to get as many libraries to
respond as possible. The survey is located at
http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB223U6TM8Z7D . You are
qualified to partake in this survey if you have been or are involved
with any aspect of the RFID based technology at your library.

Please follow the above link and take the survey. A copy of the survey

results will be sent to all participating libraries, RFID listserv, and

LITA-L listserv. For any questions, comments or concerns relating to
this survey or topic, please contact Dr. Jay Singh, Assistant
Professor, at jasingh@calpoly.edu.



More on the Sept. SF protest

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:12 am

Another article on the 9/19 protest held outside of the San Francisco public library. It provides more detail on what the city could do with the $300,000 it’s holding for the library’s RFID project while the library prepares its analysis. Once again, it’s not much news. It does provide a bit more perspective on the public relations issues that face SFPL.


FTC responds to Nelson

Filed under: — Laura @ 7:33 am

RFID journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission responded to queries by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (Fla.). Their jurisdiction is limited to unfair or deceptive commercial practices – in other words, they will intervene if a company abuses personal information gathered from RFID. Nelson had asked what steps the FTC is taking to regulate RFID and Deborah Majoras, FTC chair, pointed to the last June’s workshop.

The commission will be releasing a report based on the workshop that will have some guidelines.

Server probs

Filed under: — Laura @ 7:24 am

Apologies for the lack of posts this week. The server hosting this blog had some problems. Thanks to all of you who sent links to the Christian Science monitor article. Nothing really new there, but it’s an example of the increasing media awareness of RFID.

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