"Can innovative uses of RFID tag technology drive greater use of libraries?"
RFID: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) - "he use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking." (Wikipedia)
"In many of world’s libraries RFID is seen as an adjunct to their existing automated systems. Libraries were one of the first services to embrace computer technology and most now use management systems of some kind (often abbreviated to ILS, LMS or even ILMS) to look after the day-to-day running of the library – everything from buying, tracking orders, receiving, shelving and of course lending items.
It is that last activity – lending – that has proved the most attractive to RFID providers and for many years some libraries have been replacing both their barcodes and their security systems with RFID in order to loan (or ‘circulate’) their stock."