28 June 2012

WLIC 2012 conference session: A global perspective on RFID

Conference Session 176

A global perspective on RFID - a qualitative and quantitative
insight into the world of wire - contactless and automatic
identification of media Radio Frequency Identification Special Interest

15 August 2012 11:45 - 13:45 | Room: 5
Chair: Edmund Balnaves, Frank Seeliger

  • The 2012 survey of RFID use in the Library. Lessons learned and indicators for the future MICK FORTUNE (United Kingdom)


Investment in RFID for managing library operations continues to grow.
New standards for tag data and ILS/LMS-RFID communication have recently
been published and adopted in both the USA and UK.
While 13.56MHz HF solutions continue to dominate in these two countries
interest in UHF has continued to grow elsewhere. Many librarians have
struggled to make sense of a market that is at times both confused and
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the global picture
consultants in the USA, Australia and UK launched a survey in January
2012. 470 respondents from 16 countries told us about their current
systems, future plans, problems – and solutions – as well as their
satisfaction with the support they receive from their suppliers.

What do these results tell us about where the technology is going? And
what lessons should be passed on to new adopters? The speaker will
attempt to answer both questions with reference to the survey results.

  • Experience with RFID in Finland EEVALIISA COLB (Helsinki University Library, Helsinki, Finland)


The Helsinki University Library is getting ready for improved services and workflows with RFID-technology.In September 2012 a sustainable and shared solution is anticipated, when the library building will bring together the books and practices of the ten previous library units of the City Centre Campus.This case study offers an overview of the two-year RFID implementation project, practical issues discovered, as well as expectations for the future.

  • Development of security concepts for in-use RFID library-systems,
    concerning the potential of NFC capable smartphones SEBASTIAN KRAUTZ
    (AutoID/RFID competence centre, Technical University of Applied Sciences
    Wildau, Wildau, Germany)


NFC-Smartphones and the impact on RFID library systems
The NFC-technology is currently used in a growing number of applications. To enhance the use even more it has been integrated in the new generation of mobile phones. A smart phone can now be used as a “virtual wallet” or as a “key” to get access to buildings rooms etc. But what is NFC? NFC is based on RFID technology at 13,56MHz. So a smart phone with NFC is like a RFID reader for everyone. That means everyone with such a NFC enabled smart phone is able to manipulate the RFID components in the library. The presentation now shows what exactly is possible with NFC applications. There will be examples for both threats as well as benefits.

  • Talk about RFID in Egypt and Arab region libraries MAHMOUD SAYED ABDOU (Library of Congress - Cairo Office, Cairo, Egypt) 


Egypt is the leading country in librarianship over all Arab
countries. In 1870, Egypt established the first national library in
the Arab Region “Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha’iq al-Qawmiyah. In
1951, Egypt was the first country in the region that own official
education for librarianship and archives. Today Egypt has the largest
number of libraries in the Arab world which amounted to approximately
23196 libraries according to the latest official statistics issued by
The Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center

As for the technical side, Egypt was one of first Arab countries that
connected to the internet in 1989. And by the second half of the 90s,
libraries automation started in the Egyptian libraries. Since the
90s, most libraries in Egypt relied on “Barcode” as a management
system and “EM-Electromagnetic strips” as a security system. At
the mid-2000s it was a slowly moving toward using RFID technology in
the Egyptian libraries. In 2007 The Library of the American
University in Cairo-AUC was the first library in Egypt to use RFID,
followed by two other libraries: In 2009 the library of the French
Institute of Oriental Archaeology started to convert to RFID, and In
2010 The Library of The Nile University in Egypt relied on RFID to
manage and secure its collection. On other hand many libraries in
Egypt are planning to use RFID in the future as will be shown during
this study.


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