RFID Technology in Libraries: A Case Study of Allama Iqbal Library, University of Kashmir

Hilal Ahmad


The objective of this paper was to assess the usage and effectiveness of RFID technology in Allama Iqbal Library. Care has been taken to examine the post RFID benefits and benefits of Virtua software used for installing RFID. Further, threats and other risks of RFID have also been highlighted. A structured questionnaire was used as the key instrument for data collection. Interviews and observations were also conducted wherever the questionnaires failed. The library is at the forefront in successfully implementing RFID technology thus reducing the time and staff required for circulation of books and, simultaneously, increasing book transactions per hour. The study reveals that majority of users (80.70%) are using self check-in/out while a small percentage (19.29) still relies on manual issue and return. Though a fully RFID enabled library system is in place, the manual circulation counter has not been abandoned. An important finding is that the inventory control never conducted prior to RFID was carried out easily by hand held inventories within a short time. Since the study is about the latest developments of automation of a leading library; it will be helpful for other university/college libraries of Jammu and Kashmir in particular and India in general to modernize their services and operations by implementing RFID technology.

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