August 27th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

ncompassLiveMed.jpgIn May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. We also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did to prepare for this, and how they pulled it off.

David Lee KingDavid Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at http://www.davidleeking.com.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library.

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August 22nd, 2014 by Michael Sauers

ncompassLiveMed_thumb.jpgJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live: “Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out”, on Wednesday, August 27, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. DLKWe also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did to prepare for this, and how they pulled it off.

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs athttp://www.davidleeking.com.

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

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July 22nd, 2009 by Michael Sauers

Last summer I got a new passport in preparation for my trip to Jamaica. Embedded in that new passport was an RFID chip containing an unspecified amount of data about me and my passport. I’m not a total paranoid freak but I’d read a bit about RFID and how easy it is for unauthorized people to read their contents. So, I’d purchased a passport jacket that contains mesh that will prevent just such a thing from happening. A few folks I know had looked at me with that “you’re a little off, aren’t you?” look when I explained the heavy-duty envelope for my passport.

Well, not the US State Department is recommending that folks purchase such a jacket since a recent report has pointed out how easily they are read. Don’t worry though. According to the State Department “hackers won’t find any practical use for data skimmed from RFID chips” but who am I to trust them now?

Of course, you could always disable the chip but that wouldn’t exactly be legal.

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