RFID launched in UBD’s library

RFID launched in UBD’s library

Signing into action: Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail, the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam signing a plaque to commemorate the official launch of the RFID system at the UBD library. Picture: Anna Abu Bakar
Sunday, July 20, 2008
LIBRARY users will no longer face any hassle in the borrowing of a book at a counter, following the introduction of the radio frequency identification system (RFID) which promises a more efficient book collection management at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

The application will allow students and library staff to use a self checkout machine, said UBD Vice-Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman at the launching ceremony yesterday.

He said that RFID is the start of many other projects to be introduced in the future, including as payment of fines, buying of certain sources, and membership applications through online payments (e-payments).

He emphasised the need for such services to facilitate and help users for a more efficient process of borrowing library sources or matters related to the library.

Despite facing the challenges of using the new application, the Vice-Chancellor hoped that the library staff would take this as an opportunity to build their existing knowledge.

He also advised them to perform to their best as he does not wish to hear any negative complaints on the UBD library staff or their services in the future.

“The university and the community under it should feel a sense of pride with the development undergone by the UBD library in upgrading their services, and at the same time uplift the name and image of the university,” he added.

Acting Chief Librarian Hj Awg Mohd Yussop Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Dewa Dato Paduka Hj Musa, then gave a briefing on the use of the new system.

He said that RFID is an important component under the Virtual Library System of Brunei (Vilis) project, which is an e-government project under the Ministry of Education.

The project affects 16 school libraries nationwide and RFID revolves around the tagging of RFID on the library collection. These tags will then be scanned into a machine when borrowing or returning the resources from the library.

Previously, the UBD library used the 3M barcode system which was in the form of a magnetic strip embedded in the spine of the book.

The Brunei Times