RFID in Libraries


Warfield and Tien at it again

Filed under: — Laura @ 2:57 pm

The Berkeley Daily Planet has published another commentary by anti-RFID activists Peter Warfield and Lee Tien. I’ve got quite a bit to say about it, but I’ll refrain until I can do a bit of fact-checking. I think there are problems with some of their points and good rebuttals to others. Stay tuned.

More contributors

Filed under: — Laura @ 1:31 pm

Please welcome Lori Bowen Ayre and Mary Minnow to libraryrfid.net. Lori and Mary have graciously accepted my invitation to make contributions to the blog. Many thanks to the both of you for widening the perspective of this space and for helping to keep its content current and timely.


TLC buys Tech Logic

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:21 am

More from Library Journal. The Library Corporation bought Tech Logic Corp., the RFID vendor.

ALA/BISG continues to meet

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:19 am

Library Journal is reporting on a February 25 meeting held by the RFID Working Group, which is jointly sponsored by the American Library Association and the Book Industry Study Group.

As always, privacy was a major part of the conversation. It was noted that there is a continuing need for education about the issues in the library community. Our old friend David Molnar discussed the risks and noted that increased standardization, while very necessary, also increases the vulnerability of the tags.

This is going to be a big concern as libraries and book publishers and sellers continue to work together on RFID. Each constituency is concerned with moving books around. As books move through the information chain, how will we deal with the chips? From an economic perspective it makes sense to use the same chips for every industry. Why add labor and additional chips at each point? Libraries could just use the chips already inserted into the book during publication.

Yet, the need for protecting individuals engenders the need for “kill” functions to stop tags once they leave the warehouse or bookstore.

It’s a tricky balance and one where I think we should err on the side of caution. I seem to recall that there is a type of tag which can be put to sleep rather than being killed outright and this may provide the neccessary middle ground.

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