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Barcodes sound good, but the RFID reminds me of libraries with thsoe  
anti thrft magnets in them... and how they erase those magents when  
you check them out... Not a pretty thought!

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On Dec 13, 2009, at 7:37 PM, Marie O'Connell wrote:

Hi all

We need to renumber some of our older accessions and have been  
considering
barcodes with the accession number included.  It was suggested to me  
today
that we could be using RFID (radio frequency ID).  As I know virtually
nothing about them I have an uneasy feeling about applying this  
technology
to magnetic tape boxes and reels.

Does any audio visual archive use this technology on its tape boxes  
and/or
reels?
Is there any danger to the magnetic tape itself, considering both the  
box
and reel would need the same identifier?
Can the actual accession number be put on these so as to be seen  
visibly?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Marie