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[BKARTS] RFID tags (was ownership markings on books)



RFID technology is just in its infancy stages, but may be used to tag
and track rare collections, keeping them safe from theft, and making it
easy for police to track stolen books...and its cheap to set up. 

RFID tags can be placed in the books spine, and it sends off a signal
that is picked up by satellite, and tracked by GPS. 

Just a thought, but our librarian friends may be able to look into it.

Robert L. Angus
Octavia & Co. Press

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From rare book news : http://www.rarebookreview.com/index.php?nav=news

Check the bit about the digitizing for identification.
A little technology isn't always a bad thing.


Back on the Map
Date: 2006-08-18
William Reese, the highly esteemed book dealer and Yale graduate has
generously pledged to give the sum of $100,000 to assist the rebuilding
of Yale University's rare map collection.

The collection was of course decimated last year when the now disgraced
counterfeit map dealer E. Forbes Smiley III admitted to stealing dozens
of priceless maps and selling them.

In the wake of such a donation, Yale announced on Wednesday that it
would equal the sum that Reese has offered with its own fundraising
project next month. The money will most likely go towards the digitizing
of some of Yale's 220,000 maps, 15,000 of which date to before 1850.

The maps are currently being kept in a chaotic maze of rooms at the top
of the University's Sterling Memorial Library. This process should
prevent further careless map stealing mayhem from taking place.

If the maps do go digital then Yale will have an electronic record of
each of its rarest specimens. Therefore in the event of theft, Yale has
a picture to compare colouring, creasing and significant markings to
prove ownership, should the maps re-appear on the market.

When people take advantage of access to rare and valuable treasures the
temptation is to restrict the public's right to use them. This donation
will enable Yale to electronically display their marvellous collection
of maps without the fear of theft.

www.library.yale.edu/ 

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