What is it about?

Low read rates are a general problem in library inventories. The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that contribute to the success of library inventory by means of a radio-frequency identification (RFID) inventory taker. The factors investigated were tag position, tag orientation, book thickness, tag density (related to thickness of a sequence of books) and position on the shelf.

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Why is it important?

At the beginning carrying out a book inventory with RFID is a bit mysterious. Our experiment hopefully helps to demystify the process. Put the RFID tags as near to the spine as possible. If you did not put all the tags near the spine but also some near the opening side of the books, shove the RFID handheld between the books!


I hope this publication helps librarians with their way to do their inventories in their libraries.

MSc. Kasper Abcouwer
Universiteit van Amsterdam

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This page is a summary of: Library inventory using a RFID wand: contribution of tag and book specific factors on the read rate, Library Hi Tech, June 2020, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/lht-06-2019-0129.
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