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Standards & Whitepapers

Library Protocol opened up on a page

3M has been a library technology leader in the development and implementation of several important standards that allow disparate library systems to inter-operate.

3M continues its support of standard for the library industry, by continued participation in standards development, implementation, and promotion of standards.

For full details of our Library Protocols, please click on the links below.

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RFID Whitepapers

RFID 101

RFID 101

Do you need RFID? What is it? How does it work? The first part in the RFID Education Series gives you the basics of RFID and provides four reasons to invest in RFID (and three reasons to wait).

PDF, 247KB
RFID 201

RFID 201

The second part of the series explores the basics of what RFID technology is and discusses the potential and risks for your library and the benefits for your customers.

PDF, 282KB
RFID 301

RFID 301

A detailed look at a critical part of RFID technology— RFID tags. Learn about tag characteristics, differences, standards, quality concerns and security issues.

PDF, 447KB
RFID 401

RFID 401

Your library collection will last a long time. Your RFID tags need to last just as long. Even ISO compliance doesn't guarantee tag reliability or longevity.

PDF, 387KB
RFID 501

RFID 501

This is an exciting time in the evolution of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for libraries. National and international committees will soon finalize a number of important standards. The new standards will improve the interoperability and flexibility of library RFID systems and make the technology even more valuable.

PDF, 378KB
RFID 601

RFID 601

You’ve decided it’s right for your library system and you’d like to start moving toward implementation. How do you decide what kind of RFID system works for you? How do you go about funding and implementing that system? And how do you protect your investment?

PDF, 307KB
RFID 701

RFID 701

A regulatory overview of using RFID technology in your library - the article outlines the CE procedure in regards to Europeans directives, harmonized standards and labelling.

PDF, 811KB

Standard Interchange Protocol

SIP is currently in its second revision called SIP 2.0. All major ILS vendors and major self-check vendors are SIP 2.0 compliant. SIP was developed by 3M so that its self-check stations could work with all the ILSs. It was then adopted by all the other major self-check manufacturers.