Kansas City, Kansas Public Library In the Process of Implementing New RFID Technology

kansas city kansas public library rfidKansas City, Kansas Public library is in the process of implementing RFID technology at all library locations. The Main Library, Mobile Library, South Branch Library, Turner Community Library, and Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library were all converted earlier this year and the final branch will be completed this month. West Wyandotte Library will be closed for conversions August 17-23.  They will reopen on August 24 at the regular time. Implementing RFID technology requires library branches to be closed to give staff time to tag all items with RFID tags and install the new RFID machines. This new technology will improve many aspects of the library’s service.  It will create a new patron experience that allows for faster and easier checkout of items.  It will also allow staff to more easily inventory and manage the collection so they are better able to meet the information and entertainment needs of the community. Since staff will no longer have to spend a large portion of time managing the checkout of items, it will allow them more time to offer their skills and knowledge towards beneficial programs and services both in the library branches and in the community.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification.  It is a technology that uses radio waves to automatically identify certain items.  RFID is frequently used for a variety of purposes including store inventory, employee ID badges, pet ID tags, and much more.  In libraries, the RFID tag replaces the current barcode system.  Each library item receives a unique tag that allows staff to find, organize, and track the item. It will also allow patrons to check out items on their own, using RFID machines that can easily read multiple items at one time.

More information regarding the use of RFID can be found on the library’s website at kckpl.org.