CIT turns to RFID for self service loans

Perth's Central Institute of Technology (CIT) is to implement an radio frequency identifier (RFID) tag and self serve library system for more than 25,000 students.

The project will see some 55,000 items tagged with RFID to be checked out using five student and 15 staff workstations across the organisation's Perth, East Perth, Leederville, Mt Lawley, and Subiaco campuses.

Items include books, kits, files, portfolios, audiocassette, CD/DVD-ROM, DVD/DVD-ROM and videocassettes.

It is expected that the self service system will support up to 80 per cent of all library loans by the end of 2011. In 2009 about 48,000 items were loaned to 21,000 patrons.

The CIT is also assessing whether the RFID system could be extended out to tag and identify a further 13,269 assets including PCs, plasma screens, cassette recorders, TV data projectors and portable devices.

The CIT's existing libraries at Perth, East Perth, Leederville, Mt Lawley, and Subiaco operate on the ExLibris Voyager 7.02 Library Management System.

The CIT's ICT infrastructure consists of IBM and Dell rack-mounted servers distributed across its five campuses and a SAN at each of its Perth and Leederville sites. The institute hosts 81 servers in all, running Novell Open Enterprise Server NetWare and Linux, Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 Server, Unix/Linux and Mac OSX operating systems across the organisation's sites.

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