National Agricultural Higher Education Project - NAHEP (IDP SKUAST-K)

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Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) System installed and commissioned under NAHEP

RFID Systems was installed at two Faculty Libraries viz.

(1). Library of Faculty of Agriculture Wadura, Baramullah; and

(2). Library of Faculty of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry Shuhama, Ganderbal.

Constituent Items:

Detail of the constituent items of the system installed at each faculty is as under:

Sl.

Item (Equipment, etc.)

Quantity

Purpose

1.

Security Gate

02 Nos.

     

  • To keep a prompt record of library user foot-falls.       
  • To avoid stealing of books/journals/theses, etc.

2.

Self Check-in Check-out Kiosk

02 Nos.

    

  • To enable the users (scientists/students) to carry out the issue return of the books of their own.     
  • To save time of users

3.

Staff Station/Tagging Station

02 Nos.

      

  • Programming of RFID Tags       
  • Staff intervened issue-return      
  • Integration of data into the RFID Tags from the existing LMS      
  • To save time of both users and the library staff

4.

Smart Card Printer

02 Nos.

      

  • To design, develop and generate chip-based smart cards

5.

Smart Cards (embedded with RFID Chips)

2000 Cards

      

  • To enable the users to carry out the automatic issue/return of the books of their own     
  • Necessary for self check-in/check-out    
  • Track movement of library user within the library premises      
  • Count the number of visits paid by him/her to the library

6.

Web Cam

02 Nos.

     

  • For onsite capturing of users’ photographs   
  • Image recognition of the user at the time of issue/return of books and other library usage events

6.

Pen Tablet

02 Nos.

 

  • Capturing digital signature of users at the registration time

7.

RFID Tags for Books

1000 Tags

      

  • For embedding them on books, journals, theses and other important documents      
  • To store comprehensive bibliographic details of information resources and in some case the abstracts as well

9.

Anti-Theft Stickers/ Tag Shielding Material

1000 Stickers

      

  • To safeguard the valuable tags embedded on the books, journals and theses from user mishandling and environmental hazards.      
  • To avoid any disturbances to the programmed information and codification on the tags.      
  • To act as proprietary slip otherwise prepared separately and required to be pasted on each library resource.

10.

RFID Server Layer Software/ Integration Module/ Middleware

02 Nos.

       

  • Integration of RFID Tags installed on books and patron smart cards after proper online validation of the book/patron record from the integrated LMS database  with retagging option for re-registration of books & patrons and enabling or disabling of tags/cards as and when required      
  • Send SMS & Email for circulations and registration transaction which can be selected for specific users     
  • Provision of slip printing containing the details of a transaction

11. 

Installation of KOHA

02 Nos.

Library Management System (LMS) with Client Claimed Customization:

Acquisition, Cataloguing, Circulation, Serial Control, OPAC, Patron Detail, Patron Card. Barcode Label & Spine Label and other flexible report generation. Integration of Web OPAC with University Website.

Benefits:

                With the integration of RFID System in the two Libraries we shall be able to:

  • To keep a prompt record of library user foot-falls
    • by keeping un-intervening track of the movement of library users within the library premises and
    • by automatic counting of the number of visits they pay to the library
  • To avoid stealing of books/journals/theses, etc. by keeping automatic track of their movement
  • To integrate the bibliographical detail of books, journals, theses, etc. into the RFID Tags from the existing LMS without wasting any more time on the job
  • To issue RFID and Chip-based Smart Cards to registered library patrons
  • To ensure hazel free and fool-proof online/offline registration of library users
  • To ensure quick and prompt data restoration in case of any miss-hap encountered by the existing library management system (LMS)
  • To enable the library staff to know the sources and services that remain under high demand of users
  • To enable the library staff to carry out physical verification of books/journals/theses, etc. in an easy way and on fast track basis
  • To enable prompt shelf rectification of books/journals/theses and avoid any misplacements causing a lot of disappointment to the stakeholders
  • by enabling the users (scientists/students) to carry out the issue return of the books of their own under the self check-in and self check-out facility
  • by providing them the online/offline registration of library users
  • To enable the users to check their account and status without need for any library staff assistance
  • To avoid duplication of work in creation of the proprietary slips required to be pasted on each books/journals/theses, etc.
  • To avail meta-data harvesting facility in a better and robust way. 

Summary

Summing up the above mentioned benefits we can broadly say that implementation of the RFID shall help the Library System:

  • To streamline the inventory system and the record management
  • To save the time of library users (scientists/students)
  • To save time of the library staff
  • To facilitate service in anticipation to demand in real sense
  • To ensure optimum usage of information resources
  • To avoid sheer disappointment of library users and thus attract maximum users to the library
  • To safeguard the valuable assets of knowledge
  • To enable the library staff to consolidate the valid facts about returns on investment at their end