RFID in NZ libraries too

Redcardlibrarian writes "Wider use of RFID likely in libraries

RFID pioneer Manukau City Council will consider extending its use of the much talked about technology so it can electronically track books in all its libraries.

Libraries manager Chris Szekely says a study of Botany Downs Library, which became the first in New Zealand to introduce RFID (radio frequency identification technology) in October last year, supports the move.

A business case has been drafted for consideration by the council which is drawing up its 10-year financial plan.

Mr Szekely says Manukau will have 15 or 16 libraries in two or three years time, up from 12 today.

Using RFID to track all its books will help Manukau Libraries cope with that growth without having to take on too many extra staff, he says.

It is likely to cost several hundred thousand dollars to equip all Manukau's libraries with RFID readers and tag all their books, but Mr Szekely says the investment should pay for itself within 10 years.

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