Technology

 

Public Libraries in Victoria are embracing technology in a wide variety of ways, from their Library Management Systems to public PCs to Web 2.0.

Here you will find information about those uses and links to events, content and more.

Victorian Public Library Web 2.0 Sites: links to the Web 2.0 tools being used by public libraries in Victoria to provide service and content to their users

If you have a new link please email details to execofficer@publiclibrariesvictoria.net.au 

 

 

RFID - Standards

Here is a report (with some useful links) by Alan Butters of Sybis consultancy on the current state of play:

ISO 28560 has finally been published!

The three parts of the new data storage standard, specifically designed for the application of RFID in libraries have been finalised and are available for purchase from the ISO website at:
http://www.iso.org/iso/search.htm?qt=28560&searchSubmit=Search&sort=rel&type=simple&published=on

The RFID supplier response to the new standard and to the draft version published during 2010 has been positive with several suppliers having either completed ISO 28560 implementation into their existing products or progressing well towards this objective. Over the last couple of years, all of the major suppliers have made commitments within RFID system tender responses to implement the new standard within twelve months of its final release.

The implications for Australian libraries include:

1. Libraries about to commence a migration to RFID should ensure that they encode their tags using parts one and two of the standard.
2. Each library moving to RFID or migrating from a proprietary tag data scheme will need to give consideration to which data elements are required on their RFID tags to achieve maximum benefit.
3. The broader Australia library community should consider whether there might be value in adopting a national data profile under ISO 28560.

Item three essentially refers to a common set of data elements that might be placed on all RFID tags within Australian libraries with the aim of enhancing interoperability through tag based data that extends beyond a simple item identifier. Such a set of data elements is known as a data profile. There are a range of potential data elements from the new standard that may be considered including national institution identifiers, media type identifiers (useful in self service) and usage parameters to assist in the management of library material and equipment – even when the LMS might be offline.

In order to facilitate item three in the above list, a collaborative approach is required that considers both regional differences as well as library sector differences. While there are already several profile initiatives in place within Australia including state-wide profiles for South Australia and Western Australia, as yet there has been no national consideration of the issue. The approach adopted in the state-wide projects and by other consortia has been to develop a minimum interoperability specification. This methodology essentially ensures that all tags will contain some common information while allowing individual institutions to encode additional data onto their tags if this suits their local needs. A similar approach has been taken in the development of the UK data profile for libraries (possibly the first national profile under ISO 28560), which can be found at:

http://www.bic.org.uk/e4librariesfiles/pdfs/110524%20UK%20Data%20Model%20for%20RFID%20in%20Libraries%20final.pdf

Now that the standard has been finalised and published, the time is very opportune for ALIA and perhaps other library bodies to take a leadership position in developing a strategic specification for RFID within Australia libraries, thus laying a foundation for enhanced future interoperability at the national level. Recommended actions toward this end are:

1. That ALIA adopts  ISO 28560 parts one and two as the data storage standard for the application of RFID in libraries.
2. That a working group be formed to develop a national data profile specification consisting of a common set of data elements that will be placed on all RFID tags within Australian libraries to enhance interoperability.
3. That ALIA approach sponsor(s) and partner(s) to assist with the costs associated with the development of the national data profile.
4. That ALIA publish the final agreed data elements as a national data profile specification for all Australia libraries.

More information on the ISO 28560 project may be found at the project website, hosted by Danish Standards: http://biblstandard.dk/rfid/