What is Library Management System? There were days when libraries were considered as a storehouse of books. Today Libraries are much more than that. Libraries are now looked upon as information centers, where information is gathered, stored and disseminated to its members. With the ever-increasing sea of information, this modern function of the library is becoming very complex and tedious to handle manually. The librarian has to devote most of his time to handing such functions of the library. He does not get time to guide the people to the right books for their information needs. Library Automation System is designed to meet the needs of all information seekers. Academic researchers can search the world's library collections using a seamlessly integrated client. For the librarian, Library Automation System provides simple interfaces to catalog new books, manage patrons, create reports and control budgets and acquisitions. Why Library Management System is required?
RFID is a technology that is sparking interest in the library community because of its applications that promise to increase efficiency, productivity and enhance user satisfaction. Globally emerging knowledge-based societies of the twenty first century will need information to sustain their growth and prosperity. With intellectual capital as investments, knowledge and information have become wealth generators. In this scenario, who can deny the importance of libraries, which are repositories of reference resources? A library stacked with books and other information dissemination processes, has a physical presence. A library is an institution of knowledge acquisition and learning; it provides invaluable service to its members, patrons and to a wider local community. Current library management systems use barcode technology and security strips. Using barcodes, a library management system can keep records of lending, borrowing and shelving status of items such as books, audio or video tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. Security strips on library items tag their movements. But barcodes and security strips (electronic article surveillance or EAS) have their limitations. They are slow to read and are prone to sabotaging by thieves. All these lead to irreparable loss to a library and its valuable inventory stock. This is where RFID technology can come to the aid of library managers and users. Many libraries are switching over to RFID applications, for example, the Vatican Library. With its priceless, ancient collections of 2 million books and manuscripts, the Vatican Library is now using RFID to track, manage and secure its assets. The main problem these ancient libraries face are thefts, non-returns and miss-filed items. It is expected that by adopting an RFID solution the Vatican Library will be able to control misuse of its library and at the same time provide its users the best possible facilities and access to rare manuscripts. RFID technology is not just there to tags books and other library assets; it will provide a comprehensive route for enhancing all library services and upgrade operations for everyone concerned with the library. Library Management System © 2011 Infronics Systems Limited All Rights Reserved Page 2 of 4 Functional details: For a library, smart labels have several added advantages over barcodes. One of the major benefits of an RFID system in a library is the ease of check-in and check-out of library items. Patrons can self check-in and check-out library items, saving themselves valuable time. In a library, an RFID system consists of: • A smart label
• A reader or a hardware for interrogating the smart label • A software for controlling the hardware and decoding the responses from smart labels
Since RFID tags do not have line of sight requirements:
• Many items can be read simultaneously even whilst stacked • Items do not...