Advanced library automation is done by integrating certain hardware components with the library automation software like KOHA.
These hardware items are supposed to reduce the staff effort in non-productive works.
One of the most used and efficient technology solution for library automation is RFID.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology to identify books securly and without contact.
So how does RFID equipment help in automation of library tasks:
- Self-check systems: These are the kiosks where a patron can perform the issue and return tasks by its own without bothering the staff.
- Theft detection gates: To maintain the stock and prevent it from being stolen is the most complex job for any librarian and staff.
Using a RFID Gate Antenna will help resolving this issue up to much extent. It is mostly used to prevent the material accidentally taken out of the library.
The gates are installed at the entry exits of the library for visual and audio alarms if anybody tries to take the book out of the library without its proper issuance.
- Staff Circulation: Using a mid-range reader a basic task of circulation can be automated to help reducing the workload and number of manual processes involved in staff-based circulation.
- Stock taking Scanner: These are used to perform the tasks like stock taking and location management of the books. This can be used to search particular books and to check the misplaced and missing books.
- Book Drop: These are the book drop kiosks where the patron is given a feature to return it's books 24X7 without any staff dependence. If placed outside library these allow the patrons a flexibility to return books even when the library is closed.