May 16, 2022

Two Articles From New Issue IFLA's IT Div. Newsletter: "RFID—the Successor of the Barcode" & "Re-inventing the OPAC as a metadata hub"

The Following Articles Appear in the July 2011 Issue of the IFLA Information Technology Section Newsletter.

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1. “RFID—the Successor of the Barcode” (Found of Page 5 of PDF)
by Leif Andresen

A smooth and straightforward check-in/check-out process for books is key to the library business, and RFID can make a significant contribution. The technology is revolutionizing data management in libraries by optimizing the communication and retrieval of item-specific information.

2. “Re-inventing the OPAC as a metadata hub” (Found of Page 9 of PDF)
by Edmund Balnave

During the last 10 years several open source systems for Inte-grated Library Management and Digital Library manage-ment, and of course Content Management have ma-tured. Because they have matured in an era of intense web innovation, the current generation of open source solutions for libraries typically:

  • Are richly web enabled
  • Incorporate tagging
  • Allow interactivity in the catalogue, including book reviews
  • Take advantage of web 2.0 services such as find-ing book jacket images through ISBN lookups

This article illustrates several ways in which open source solutions have been leveraged to reposition the catalogue as a metadata hub, an access point into a mixture of underlying resources owned by the library.

The article includes a color chart, “Koha as a Metadata Hub for the library”

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Source: International Federation of Library Associations

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