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Summer 2004

Guest Lecture


Stefan Niesner (University of Applied Sciences, Department of Information Management):
RFID in Libraries

Time and Place

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:00pm, MF-50-1, MediaDocks


The lecture gives an introduction on basics, features and applications of RFID-technology (Radio Frequency Identfication) in libraries and lists some potential benefits. In a RFID-system an RFID-label is affixed to books and other library materials. The microchip on the label contains data about the book, and this data is read by a scanner and then sended to the library computer system. The most important features of such an RFID-system are stack processing, transferability of data and the re-writeable microchip. In libraries RFID-systems can be used for charging, theft detection and inventory. Benefits are a faster charging process, more possibilities in self services, and a periodically practicable inventory. The lecture closes with a look on actual problems (cost, standardization, data protection/privacy rights).


Stefan Niesner studied Libraries with a special focus on library management at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, where he is now working as a scientific research assistent at the Institute of Information Management. He has professional experiences with library work in Cologne, Dinslaken and Berlin and also worked for the Bertelsmann Stiftung in GŁtersloh, Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne and some other library oriented companies.


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