years ago (in about 2001), I encountered this issue at the University
of Hamburg in Germany, where there was fierce student resistance
against the introduction of such a smart-card system. Their students'
union drew up scenarios where students would be blocked from entering
lecture halls or getting food on campus because they had library fines
or because they forgot their card at home...
Maybe the debate - and the smart-cards - have moved on since then, and
I don't know whether such a system was ever introduced in Hamburg. But
I thought it might be useful to draw attention to this controversial
aspect of the product.
Dr. Christoph Schmidt-Supprian
Bibliographic Data Management
Trinity College Library
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On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:42 AM, Jenny Byrne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Linda!
> Did you get any response on this yet? It's an interesting area. I would not be confident that we could do this at RCSI although I hear that this is being investigated. Our students have a regular card with mag-strip which they use for printing/copying, but that is about. They were supposed to be able to use it for other cashless transactions (canteen etc) but these never materialised. The Library still use the barcode for access through the turnstile at the door and for borrowing etc, but I get asked every so often if we could do something else.
> How are things with you in general? I was in London for a few days last week - was great. Walked the feet off ourselves! But drank lots of coffee too!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: HEAnet User Group for Librarians - Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Linda Noonan
> Sent: 10 December 2009 10:15
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> Subject: Libraries' experiences of smart cards?
> Dear Colleagues,
> NUI Maynooth is considering the introduction of a university smart card which could provide for many services including access to buildings, library borrowing, cashless vending for printing/photocopying, etc.
> I would be very interested to hear of other libraries' experiences of smart cards, with particular reference to: (i) challenges during the implementation stage (ii) ongoing issues.
> Many thanks,
> Linda Noonan
> Systems Librarian,
> National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
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