RFID in Libraries


Library Journal - SFPL Vote on RFID May Come April 1

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Library Journal - SFPL Vote on RFID May Come April 1 Thanks to cj for the pointer. Looks like SFPL is working on a costs/benefits analysis. Better late than never.


  1. The commission did not, as far as I know, approve implementation at the April 1 meeting. At next meeting, however, there may be a decision. Someone commented that budget timing meant that it would be important to get a decision in May if the library wanted to use gift money from their branch capital campaign.

    This means if you are in SF, interested in this topic, and will be around for the May meeting, you may want to attend. I’ll be planning on it.

    Comment by DavidM — 4/8/2004 @ 4:44 pm

  2. Oh, also, one of the items passed out by SFPL was the result of a time-motion study on the checkout desk at the library. It would be extremely interesting to see the results of a similar study performed on a library where RFID has been implemented.

    Here, too, I would make a distinction between a library where the desks, circulation counters, etc. have been refigured to use RFID and one in which the system was implemented without restructuring the existing furniture. My guess is that both cases would be better than the status quo, but I don’t know how they’d compare to each other.

    Thing is, who’s going to fund such a study?

    Comment by DavidM — 4/8/2004 @ 4:45 pm

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