There is little doubt that the RFID library system will become ubiquitous in a few years. Many of the benefits offered by this system are due to actual use by staff inside the library. Here are some of the ways a library can benefit by using the RFID technology.
An RFID Library System Will Reduce Staff duty
By implementing RFID technology in a library, it will reduce the time required to circulate staff duties. This is because more than a single tag can read at any time. Checkout stations for patrons can be created to free up staff. It will also reduce the time it takes to complete an inventory since this can be done using a wand reader. The wand can also be used to determine if items are shelved in their proper places. By using conveyor belts and a sorting system, it can further reduce the time staff needs to shelve returned books.
It Helps to Reduce Staff injuries
An RFID Library system has been shown to reduce injuries caused by repetitive motion when using a bar code scanner. These injuries cost libraries millions of dollars annually in workplace injuries. While the research is still young, there are already promising results in various studies.
When staff gets proper training on how to use the RFID technology, it has been shown to have a reliability rate of almost 100%. The reliability of the RFID library system is crucial, especially when trying to detect theft in libraries.
A Long Tag Life
The tag life is estimated to be about 10 years or about 100,000 transactions. The tags are also minimal and they do not affect how a book appears. Some tags can even be modified to resemble a bookplate. As a result, it will be a single investment, which will not need any additional costs in upgrades.