California: San Francisco Public Library’s “$3.4M Radio Frequency Technology Proposal Meets with Opposition”
From the San Francisco Examiner:
The San Francisco Public Library is trying for a second time after more than a decade to convince the Board of Supervisors to provide funding to deploy radio frequency technology in books and other lending materials. But at least one supervisor wants to kill the plan.
Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who serves on the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, said Thursday that he intends to make a motion to strike the library’s $3.4 million budget proposal for RFID, pointing to concerns over privacy and other spending priorities like increased security.
Acting City Librarian Michael Lambert defended the RFID proposal Thursday during a budget committee hearing.
“It will improve customer service. This will streamline our patrons’ and our staffs’ ability to check out materials in a more efficient manner. But on the other side, it also improves the working conditions of our staff,” Lambert said. He added, “You can check in or check out a stack of books simultaneously rather than with the current barcode scanning technology where you have to individually check out or check in each item.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.