Posted by: bluesyemre | May 14, 2012

The 2012 Library RFID survey results

  • The 2012 Library RFID survey received an astonishing 470 replies from all over the world. The survey ended at the end of January so my February evenings were spent poring over the responses to eliminate the mischievous and de-dupe those from organisations that made multiple contributions. That doesn’t mean these weren’t counted but I wanted to gain a picture of the actual numbers of organisations using RFID – as well as the opinions of those using it. The table shows the number of different organisations currently using RFID in their library. As can readily be seen the majority of libraries were in the UK despite there being more actual responses from some very enthusiastic Australian contributors! There is of course no way of knowing how accurately this might reflect the actual global distribution of systems. The survey was only available in English so most European libraries would not have responded. I am very grateful to my colleague Frank Seeliger for his efforts in promoting the survey in Germany, and to Lori Ayre and Alan Butters for similar efforts in the USA and Australia respectively.

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