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March 23, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Bibliotheca Announces “On-the-Fly” RFID Conversion Software

Bibliotheca, Inc. (www.bibliotheca-rfid.com) announced nonproprietary "on-the-fly" RFID conversion software that allows libraries equipped with bar codes the flexibility to convert to RFID at the self-check station or book return as patrons complete routine checkout/check-in of library materials. The software helps unburden libraries from the amount of time, labor, and cost needed to convert entire collections from bar codes to RFID. Bibliotheca's flexible, patent-pending BiblioChip conversion software will work with Bibliotheca's line of self-check stations and book returns, as well as with products from other vendors.

Blank RFID labels are simply applied to media and placed on the shelves. When the patron checks out items at the self-check station, the bar code is read and, at the same time (and unnoticed by the user), the RFID chip is initialized with the bar code item ID data. Or, in the same manner, media can be automatically converted to RFID at the book return when patrons return materials to the library. In addition to parallel processing of bar codes and RFID labels, Bibliotheca's BiblioChip conversion software makes possible the following:

  • Smooth implementation of new data formats as they evolve
  • Simultaneous reading of multiple formats
  • Reading/writing of different vendor formats
  • Reading/writing of older, nonstandard chips

For libraries needing to upgrade to RFID while still using bar codes and EM security strips, Bibliotheca's SelfCheck Hybrid models are capable of deactivating EM security strips as well as performing on-the-fly RFID conversion.

Source: Bibliotheca, Inc.



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