RFID: The Next Step in Collection Management

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 4:29pm -- Administration

RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is the latest technology used in libraries to streamline the check in/out process, shelf management, and anti-theft detection. Instead of the electro-mechanical and radio frequency systems that have been used for decades, RFID technology utilizes microchips in tags affixed to library materials to identify materials regardless of item orientation or alignment, making the check-in and check-out processes significantly simpler and more efficient for both patrons and staff. In addition to the RFID tags’ high reliability and long tag life, this technology allows library staff to inventory the collection at high-speed, since items will no longer need to be removed from the shelf to be scanned.


Altadena Library is excited to welcome this new technology and join the thousands of libraries across the country that are enjoying its numerous benefits. Starting on August 13, library staff will begin installing the RFID tags at the Bob Lucas Branch then at the Main Library. During this time, programs at the Branch will be on hiatus to allow for an expedient tagging process in the smaller space. Once the tagging begins at the Main Library, patrons should experience little to no disruption; staff will roam throughout the shelves with a cart performing their inventory.


Delivery of new check-out machines will happen in September, with the new system fully up and running in the fall.