RFID in Libraries


Official SFPL PR

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The SFPL press release on RFID is available in the extended post.

Contact: Gabrielle Jones
July 2, 2004
415-557-4282 office
415-819-6177 cell


Supervisors Give Go Ahead to Explore RFID!

San Francisco Public Library given opportunity to explore possibilities
in keeping its check out system in sync with latest trends.

San Francisco, CA-Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and Budget Committee Chair
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval put forth a resolution to allow the San
Francisco Public Library an opportunity to explore Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) technology at today’s Budget Committee meeting.
The Library has been researching the possibilities of adding the latest
technology, which would replace bar codes on materials and enable users
to self check easier. “Today’s decision, while only temporary, provides
the Library with a much needed road map to move forward with the
process,” said Susan Hildreth, former City Librarian who participated on
behalf of the Library at today’s meeting. “The Library staff who have
worked diligently on this issue are most appreciative to the Board for
their support in giving the Library an opportunity to explore the latest
Library technology further.”

San Francisco is not alone in researching RFID technology. Currently,
Berkeley Public, Santa Clara City, Oakland Public, Seattle Public and
Toronto Public libraries have adopted the technology and have it in use
at one or more of their branches. The San Francisco Public Library will
be working with the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to
address privacy concerns expressed about the technology. “Today’s
action put $300,000 “on reserve” to begin the implementation of RFID.
The Library will issue a request for proposal for RFID and report back
to the Board of Supervisors on its findings before any money is spent,”
Hildreth said. “The Library takes the concerns raised about this
technology very seriously and anticipates that SFPL can be a leader in
the library field by ensuring RFID systems incorporate technologies to
ensure user privacy.”


Gabrielle Jones
Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
Phone: 415-557-4282
Fax: 415-557-4281


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