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Implementation of Radio-Frequency Identification System in Fakiragram College: A Practical Approach.

Library Herald Year : 2019, Volume : 57, Issue : 2 First page : ( 205) Last page : ( 221) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2019.00012.5

Implementation of Radio-Frequency Identification System in Fakiragram College: A Practical Approach.

Hazarika Hirak Jyoti1, Dr. Kumar S Ravi2 1Research Scholar, Department of Library and Information Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya. E-mail: hirakhazarika2014@gmail.com 2Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya. E-mail: ravikumarnehu@gmail.com

Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain how the author had carried out the implementation of the RFID system at Central Library, Fakiragram College and to explain to the library professional on how to integrate RFID with Koha ILMS in their respective library without taking IT/technical experts assistance. This paper will encourage library professionals to implement RFID Technology for the Library Security and embrace OSS in their institutions.

Design/methodology/approach The paper describes the author's practical experiences regarding implementation of Radio Frequency Identification system and integration of middleware RFID Software with Library Management Software.

Findings From the present study, it was found that the library staffs are having a positive attitude towards Embracing RFID Technology in their library. The present implementation of RFIDTechnology in the studies area gives a clear picture about integrating third-party software/tool like RFID to the existing systems and how the new system has helped the library to provide better service to their users.

Research Limitation There were some teething problems at the start between the Koha ILMS SIP2 software and the RFID system. The main issue faced while integration was with setting up the hostname, integrating the instance (i.e., Database) and with setting up the port

Practical implications This paper will help librarians to implement RFID technology in a practical way to their libraries. The author implemented Koha ILMS with RFID system at the Central Library, Fakiragram College within one month, and the author migrated data from CCF format to MARC 21 formats. CCF is basically used in SOUL 2.0 developed by INFLIBENT

Originality/value This study discusses issues and possible solutions in the process of implementing RFID applications for two innovative applications in library services. This will influence library professionals to learn Koha ILMS and RFID Technology implement it in their libraries.

Keywords Library automation, North East India, Koha, Open-source ILS, RFID, ICT.

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