Chapter 2: RFID Costs, Benefits, and ROI

Lori Bowen Ayre


Chapter 2 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 48, no. 5) “ RFID in Libraries: A Step toward Interoperability” discusses the costs and benefits associated with RFID, which can be a fairly expensive technology. RFID requires purchasing tags and placing them in every item in the library’s collection. In addition, many hardware components need to be upgraded to work with RFID systems. However, there are also several benefits. This chapter spells out the specific costs and benefits and provides guidance for how to evaluate the return on investment.

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