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BIC Breakfast, July 2017 - RFID Privacy in Libraries: Revealing What Librarians (both Public & Academic), Library Suppliers and Library Systems Vendors Need to Know

Book Industry Communication

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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BIC Breakfasts 2017


Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.

The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.

Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:
- Physical
- Digital
- Data
- Libraries


RFID Privacy in Libraries: Revealing What Librarians (both Public & Academic), Library Suppliers and Library Systems Vendors Need to Know

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Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) in libraries involves the tagging of library books with RFID tags and the use of self-services kiosks and other technologies to enable library customers to self-issue and self-return library books. The EU has issued two mandates for member states to encourage them to adopt measures to limit the risk to privacy from the use of RFID tagged items. The risk has been identified as:

  1. identification of the citizen's identity, lifestyle or affiliations e.g. their sexual orientation or membership of a trades union 
  2. the ability to track the citizen's movements e.g. across a city

Libraries are identified as high risk within this analysis because unlike retail RFID tags which are switched off during purchase, RFID tags on library books are always available to be read so that, on their return to the library, the tags can be read as part of a self-return process.

Many library professionals involved with the RFID privacy issue, point out that compared to other sources of privacy risk, such as CCTV, wearing a smartwatch or carrying a mobile phone, the risk to the citizen's privacy posed by library RFID tags is very small indeed, but it does not negate the duty of libraries to explain the risk and warn their users. Most library users will be unaware that there is any risk to their privacy and they need to be warned so that they can make an informed decision, for example whether or not to use the library, and to take any necessary precautions.

This BIC Breakfast session will reveal what RFID privacy really means to the library community both in the UK and globally. It will provide an update on the topic and the work of the BIC RFID Privacy Task & Finish Working Group including a sneak peek at the BIC RFID Privacy Code of Practice documents for libraries, library suppliers and Library Management System vendors. We will hear from both a public and an academic librarian about the procedures that libraries should put in place to ensure they are in-line with the EU mandates (in case they become legislation in future) and the differences involved for each library type. Finally, we will hear from Bibliotheca regarding the reach of RFID in libraries on a global scale and how other regions are dealing with it to ensure the privacy of their patrons.

This BIC Breakfast will be relevant to librarians, library suppliers and library systems vendors. 



Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC


Simon Edwards, Consultant to Book Industry Communication Ltd

Karen Carden, Resources and Systems Manager, University of the Arts, London

Catherine Cooke, Application Support Officer, Westminster Libraries

Paul Dalton, UK General Manager, Bibliotheca


Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope in order to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements. 



Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.

There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.

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  • Up to 1 calendar month before the event: full refund
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The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street
WC2H 9BX London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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