RFID PROJECT SUMMARY DATE: January 2015 BUSINESS UNIT/DEPARTMENT: PROJECT TITLE: RFID Project AUTHOR: Hanlie Erasmus Libraries and Museum 1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION Implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to replace barcode technology and the ageing infrastructure and self-service equipment currently used in Library Centres. Replacement of barcodes with RFID tags – all library stock Replacement of self service units, processing equipment and security gates In 2012 the ERA Libraries undertook a feasibility study into RFID. The information below is extracted from ‘Radio Frequency Identification at Eastern Region Alliance Libraries’ prepared by Alan Butters, Sybis. Background Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is a small object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product such as a library book. RFID tags contain silicon chips and antennas to enable them to receive and respond to radio-frequency queries from an RFID transceiver. In the library application of RFID, the focus has been primarily on replacing barcodes with RFID tags that can be employed to both secure and identify the library item and the installation of RFID readers and self-service units. The net result is the simplification of existing library operations such as issuing and returning materials with and without staff intervention and improvements to various stock management tasks. RFID enables a more intuitive and streamlined process for users issuing their own library material, and a significant proportion, if not all, of materials circulation could therefore be automated. It is anticipated there are productivity gains to be derived from self-service implementations and these gains will increase in proportion to the number of loans made without staff intervention. Related and inter dependent projects Currently the library is undertaking a Service Review, and decisions need to be made regarding the number of library branches / service points for the City of Unley. This project brief is based on 2 branches (Unley Civic Library and Goodwood Library). Strategic and Corporate Plans Reading the Future – Unley Libraries Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 Goal 1 Strategy 1.4 Action 1.4.1 Make information accessible Increase staff capacity as professional information providers Implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies to replace barcode technology and the ageing infrastructure.