I see there are very few queries concerning this, but I wonder if you could kindly offer me your thoughts on the use of RFID in paper-based collections, which could include rare manuscripts, drawings/prints on paper, etc?
I am currently researching into the feasibility of using RFID to tag, for security and auditing purposes - possibly even to monitor environmental conditions - delicate original works of art.
Realising that libraries worldwide are now using RFID, mainly for the purpose of automating retrieval and optimising visitor service, I became aware that comparatively few museums and galleries are using this technology for their collections of art and artefacts.
I am interested in the following issues:
- Perceived difficulties of tagging delicate manuscripts, artefacts, and works of art on paper, in relating to the size/format of RFID tags
- Problems with tagging boxes of works, or frames/supports, rather than the works themselves (potential problems with labels being dislodged)
- Perceived advantages of RFID tagging - for example, in relation to auditing and security, visitor service, or conservation.
- Perceived disadvantages with the technologies used.
I am putting together a brief literature review and overview of case studies concerning special collections which have used RFID. Should any forum members wish to participate or offer information, I would be most grateful to hear from you. I should note that this review will be shown internally, within the museum and to four colleagues in the registrars department, purely for being a starting point of our investigation; this would not be published or shared externally.