Accession Number : ADA460461

Title :   A Cost Benefit Analysis of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Implementation at the Naval Postgraduate School's Dudley Knox Library

Descriptive Note : MBA professional rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Tiu, Joel D. ; Bahk, Shawn S.

PDF Url : ADA460461

Report Date : DEC 2006

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : The purpose of this MBA project is to evaluate the potential of implementing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology at the Naval Postgraduate School's Dudley Knox Library (DKL). DKL is an academic library supporting a graduate student population only. This study has both quantitative and qualitative analyses. A Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) was conducted using data gathered from research which included personal interviews, site visits, and a survey questionnaire. Time and motion studies of selected library processes were conducted at DKL and a major public library. Vendors were invited to submit proposals for RFID systems to get the latest equipment available and associated cost estimates. The qualitative analysis addressed the advantages and disadvantages of an RFID system as well as privacy and other ancillary issues surrounding its implementation. This study did not attempt to quantify potential savings from collection management, an intangible benefit that could be addressed in future studies. Finally, the study presented several options to aid NPS decision makers on whether or not to implement an RFID system at DKL.

Descriptors :   *IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS, *INVENTORY, *LIBRARIES, *COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, RADIOFREQUENCY, BENEFITS, QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS, MANAGEMENT

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE