Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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There are numerous libraries in Pakistan that cannot afford RFID technology because of the limited budget and resources and confronted book theft, low security, and delay services. This paper base an experiment that how libraries can adopt this technology effectively and productively with a lower budget and higher outcomes. The FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Library Karachi campuses is the principal library in Pakistan which has adopted UHF-RFID technology with the integration of ILS insignia; SIP II compliance that jointly works with library integrated system and numerous activities can be made through this. An exploratory study conducted in the FAST-NU library to implement UHF-RFID technology in two stages; in the first phase issues and requirements identified and the second phase criteria developed and a committee reviewed its features then observation took out as prerequisites and implementation made. Results show that UHF RFID is out-performed in terms of the in-door frequency range, multiple-item detection, integration, and ease of use. The equipment placed outside the library at the ceiling downward direction at full frequency 2920 MHz which started reading at 1 feet distance. Further, Integration was done by an application as hardware was not SIP II manufactured with the goal that any operations can be controlled. All hindrances removed after test and retest; however, it is a tedious process of pasting tags on each book but. implementation of this technology save costs, improves client assistance, Increases work accuracy and inventory, and gives patrons a brisk borrowing process with privacy and independence. It reduces overcrowded library counters and maximum library staff availability at users' service, in addition, book drop option able to return books during off-hours. The main drawback of this technology is human well being is needs to be considered as ultraviolet radiation cause harm to human health. Additionally, lack of user awareness, damaging of tags on books might create a problem if not fixed inside the book appropriately.