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Implementing Library Technology: RFID

Resources supporting the implementation of library automation--circulation, integrated library systems, federated search, discovery services, etc.
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is "a generic term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify individual items (source)." RFID has been evolving into a more effective, convenient, and cost-efficient technology since World War II. American companies, especially those in the automotive, packaging and handling, and retail industries, began to integrate RFID technology into the structure of their businesses in the late 1990s. In 2000, several libraries around the world announced their intent to integrate RFID technology into their library systems, pioneering its use for contemporary library functions.


This resource guide provides links to RFID resources from the ALA, and to the NISO RP-6-2012 report RFID in U.S. Libraries, as well as a selected bibliography of ALA publications and other online resources. 

ALA Resources on RFID

NISO RP-6-2012, RFID in U.S. Libraries

Cover page of NISO RP-6-2012 report RFID in U.S. Libraries

Provides recommendations for implementing RFID in U.S. libraries in a manner that will promote interoperability. It includes a recommended Data Model and discussions of security, tag migration, the book supply chain, privacy, and vandalism. It serves as a U.S. profile to the three-part international standard ISO 28560, RFID in Libraries.