Near Field Communication

Near Field Communication

Recent Developments and Library Implications

Sheli McHugh, Kristen Yarmey
ISBN: 9781627054324 | PDF ISBN: 9781627054331
Copyright © 2015 | 93 Pages | Publication Date: 03/01/2014

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Near Field Communication is a radio frequency technology that allows objects, such as mobile phones, computers, tags, or posters, to exchange information wirelessly across a small distance. This report on the progress of Near Field Communication reviews the features and functionality of the technology and summarizes the broad spectrum of its current and anticipated applications. We explore the development of NFC technology in recent years, introduce the major stakeholders in the NFC ecosystem, and project its movement toward mainstream adoption. Several examples of early implementation of NFC in libraries are highlighted, primarily involving the use of NFC to enhance discovery by linking books or other physical objects with digital information about library resources, but also including applications of NFC to collection management and self-checkout. Future uses of NFC in libraries, such as smart posters or other enhanced outreach, are envisioned as well as the potential for the "touch paradigm" and "Internet of things" to transform the ways in which library users interact with the information environment. Conscious of the privacy and security of our patrons, we also address continuing concerns related to NFC technology and its expected applications, recommending caution, awareness, and education as immediate next steps for librarians.

Table of Contents

What Is NFC
Ecosystem and Adoption
Commercial Uses and Library Implications
Health Care
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Sheli McHugh, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Sheli McHugh is the University of Scranton's Cataloging and Metadata Librarian and the Learning Commons Coordinator, balancing her time between technical services and planning the opening of the new Reilly Learning Commons. Sheli previously served as the Head Cataloger at the Scranton Public Library in Scranton, PA. She holds a bachelor's degree in media studies from the Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in library science from Clarion University, and a master's degree in Liberal Arts from Lock Haven University.

Kristen Yarmey, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Kristen Yarmey is the Digital Services Librarian at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she concentrates on digital collections while exploring emerging digital practices. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in library science (specializing in archives and records management) from the University of Maryland, and a master of arts degree in history from the University of Scranton.

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