Apart from being the first college under Mangaluru University, the college also fulfils the requirement of techno-enabled library, as per the NAAC requirements and new educational policy. Pegged at a cost of Rs 20 lakh, the new radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag will replace the old bar coding system at the college library.
Vishala B K, college librarian, shared that the technological upgrade will not only enhance the security of the books, but also ensure quicker issuance, and send timely reminders for patrons to return the books. “We hope the new system will enable us to ensure that the books are returned in a timely manner, and available, so that larger audiences can access it,” she said.
Sr M Venissa, principal of St Agnes College, said the RFID technology will definitely improve the library’s staff performance and efficiency. “They can now invest more time on guiding students on selecting books, authors and academically, instead of focusing on the physical security of the books,” she said.
How does RFID work?
Under the RFID technology, the librarians need not make any manual entry of the books issued or returned. The scanner will read the RFID tag on the book, and will automate the data transfers into the library computer. “In the fraction of a second, the scanner will recognize the book title, edition, author, book number, issuers name and number, date of issue, due date and the borrowers name and credentials, total number, and all the other credentials are also documented and electronically stored,” said Vishala.
According to staff, the library has installed an Access control system at its entry and exit. Akin to a shopping mall, in case of a book being stolen, the detectors will instantly sound an alert to the library authorities and security. Voracious reader and college donor Max Rasquinha was instrumental in planning the library modernisation, along with librarian Vishala.