For all the tech savy informations specialists out there I found a session that might interest you at WLIC2011 in Puerto Rico.
Session 186 — Ten years on: the use of RFID technology in library context. What is our main point of interest to support, maintain and develop this cutting-edge technology — Radio frequency identification (RFID) Special Interest Group
17 August 2011 13:45 – 15:45 | Room: 104
Dear colleagues, I will inform you that now we have finished all
prearrangements to get an attractive program and I would now like to ask you to
adress and disseminate this information in your contexts and channels. Thank
you very much, best regards, Frank Seeliger
Ten years on: the use of RFID technology in library context
I’m very pleased to announce a two hours panel slot (Wednesday, 17th August,
13.45 till 15.45, Session Room 104) during the 77th IFLA General Conference and
Assembly as kick off in this field. This slot was prepared together with the IT
section of IFLA, and we were able to win well-known keynote speakers from
Europe, North-America and Australia who will give us an introduction into this
technology and present some of their cutting-edge findings.
After that you are invited to an informal meeting or get together from
16.00-18.00 in room 204 for to discuss future ways of communicating
RFID-aspects into the librarian community and librarianship, as for example our
well established Special Interest Group RFID. Our goals are to organize and
promote events during the IFLA Congresses, monitor ongoing projects and provide
up-to-date information and reports using IFLA information and communication
channels. Perhaps we can organize specific task groups to undertake new
projects when needed. Another worthwhile objective should be to form
international networks of professionals using RFID, as for the moment the
cooperation is rather limited to country or language communities.
Frank Seeliger (Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Germany)
“Developments, experiences, initiatives and goals in the context of german
libraries as RFID-user”
My contribution will reflect ten years of experiences with now almost 400
libraries using this technology. I will present projects for localisation and
inventoring, challenges like constant quality control, how we use round tables
as communication platform, our other platforms to comunicate (working group,
annual conferences, websites); to put it in a nutshell I will address all
RFID-matters that matter in the german speaking context. As first speaker I
will give an short introduction into this technology and an overview about the
perception of RFID in my own country.
Marshal Breeding (Vanderbilt University, USA)
“RFID Technologies in the context of Emerging Library Automation Trends”
Many aspects of technology supporting the automation of libraries are changing
rapidly. Service-oriented architecture, Web-based computing, increased
integration of social networking concepts, as well as cloud computing such as
software-as-a-service characterize this emerging landscape. Products and
services making use of RFID technology have to exist in an automation ecosystem
increasingly reshaped by these technologies. Breeding will present a view of
how RFID and related technologies fit into this evolving environment, some of
the challenges involved such as the need for more modern protocols for
interoperability, and some of the opportunities enabled for new efficiencies
and innovations. He will also review some of the changes in the global RFID
business landscape and comment on its implications for libraries that depend on
their products and services.
Mick Fortune (Consultant for UK libraries)
A former Systems Librarian at the British Library Mick Fortune also managed
Ameritech Library Systems. European Division and led Nielsen BookNet during a
career in library automation that has lasted almost 40 years.
Since returning to the library scene in 2006 he has been monitoring the
progress of RFID in libraries . with a particular interest in the integration
and of RFID solutions with existing systems and their impact on services. A
member of both the UK national committee on RFID use in the library, and the
British Standards Institute Mick has worked hard to convince the UK market of
the importance of standards to improve both interoperability and integration.
Mick will be reviewing the progress of RFID in libraries with particular
reference to his domestic market . the UK. In particular he will be examining
the likely impact of the new ISO data standards published earlier this year,
and how the position taken by UK RFID providers is likely to change both the
procurement and development of solutions in the future.
Edmund Balnaves (Director, Information Technology by Prosentient Systems in
Ultimo, NSW, Australia and member of IT-section as Information Coordinator &
Editor of Newsletter)
RFID is showing progressive takeup in logistics but very little in the retail
chain in Australia. However there has been quite widespread adoption of HF and
a smattering of UHF implementations of RFID in public libraries. Of the 400-odd
special libraries that form my client base only a smattering use RFID at all.
While the UHF technology looks very promising, both from a cost and reading
point of view, the HF implementation is self-fulfilling in Australia as most
“standard-form” tender documents mandate the specific technology. From a purely
technical point of view the Gen 2 UHF tags are otherwise quite attractive and
have some utility in stocktake that can’t be said of HF.
Libraries should be careful not to lock in the specific technology but aim for
data standards. This is particuarly empahsised by recent innovations in
printable RFID at Sunchon National University.
Personal Note: Some more information about this Special Group RFID can be found
at the link