The MS University will use radio frequency identification system (RFID) for automatic tracking of library materials. The technology,a combination of radio frequency and micro-chip,will help the university library management to identify,track,sort and detect library materials.
The system will be introduced in all university libraries including Smt. Hansa Mehta Library and will cover over 8 lakh books that are part of the university library. The MSU will purchase the system from Gujarat Informatics Limited,an agency approved by the state government,and will be installed and implemented at a cost of about Rs 50 lakh.
Through RFID system,it will be easier to track misplaced books,maintain an inventory of the books and other materials and carry out fast verification of available stocks. From users to the library staff,it will make everyones job easier, university librarian Mayank Trivedi said.
The system will replace the traditional bar codes tags,which will make issuance,returning or renewal of books hassle free. With the new system,several books in a pile can be issued or returned at a time.
Even users themselves will be able to carry out the process of returning books without the help of library staff. The system will also help in searching particular book or a material on the stack without wasting time, Trivedi said.