VALA2020 Session 5 Seymour

Using technology to enable 24 hour access to print collections

This session is sponsored by Ex Libris

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 2:45 – 3:15

Karen Seymour
  • Manager Resource Delivery and Physical Collections
  • University of Queensland Library
Robert Bowen
  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • University of Queensland Library

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This paper outlines how the University of Queensland Library utilised RFID technology to enable 24×7 access to print collections. The methodology adopted for a trial is discussed, along with the technology used, stakeholder concerns and communication, outcomes and findings. The RFID technology used to safeguard and borrow the collection during staffed hours can also be utilised to make the collection accessible during non-staffed hours. UQ Library supported its strategic objectives, listened and responded to student feedback and was innovative and brave. Visits and borrowing during non-staffed hours demonstrated this initiative is convenient and useful for the Library’s clients.


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