RFID in Libraries

8/16/2004

Japanese library goes moblie

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:38 am

RFID in Japan writes that the patrons at the library at Roppoing Hills, Tokyo can use their cell phones to retrieve RFID tagged books.

It makes me think about Roy Tennent advocating that libraries start delivering content to handhelds. Based on my observation of undergraduates, I’d say he’s right, at least for academic libraries. Every kid coming through the door has a cell phone attached to his ear. I once even had one answer a call and walk away during a reference interview.

One of the biggest complaints at my library is that folks can’t locate materials on the shelf. What if their cell phone could provide them with a map, and when they get near the item their RFID enabled phone could indicate that they were within range?

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