Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Rfid

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Rfid

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Reading the library press only several years ago, one would have thought that the use of RFID technology to control the collection and other things was never going to be adopted by public libraries. More and more libraries are, however, adopting this pricey technology, figuring that it will probably pay for itself. That's no news, but what is news is the apparent die-down of the objections made by some libraries, chiefly San Francisco and perhaps Berkeley, CA, if I remember correctly. The opposition was based on the fear of invasion of privacy.

From my point-of-view, invasion of privacy is already here in a big way, and it doesn't have anything to do with RFID. Some months ago I was interested, for no particular reason, in my "credit score," which I could get online. Well, I got all the information - they knew better than I did about what credit cards I had, including the ones I had never used but signed up for when I could get a heavy discount on something for doing so (incidentally the credit people don't like you having a lot of credit cards, whether you use them or not). …

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