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What's New

BIC Publishes 3 Advisories for EU Mandate M/436 on RFID & Privacy

Drawn up by the RFID & Privacy Task & Finish Working Group (a project group reporting to the BIC Libraries Commitee) these 3 advisories contain BIC's advice for libraries and their suppliers and other interested parties. They deal with the potential impact from EU Mandate M/436 on Privacy in RFID implementations: EN 16570 and EN 16571. Please note that in publishing these advisories, BIC is not endorsing the EN standards, but recommending an approach to prepare libraries in the event that they are implemented should the mandate become law.

Part 1 & Part 2 (An overview of EN 16570 and EN 16571 combined)

Part 1 (EN 16570)

Part 2 (EN 16571)




NFC and the use of RFID in Libraries - Information for Librarians

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now widely used in libraries for a whole range of activities from self-issue and return, security, stock management, sortation and more. So now is a good time to consider the possible impact of smartphones (and tablets)  on library systems using RFID.

What are the possible negative implications of this joining of technologies that library managers should be aware of, and what steps might mitigate any potential threat? This document seeks to answer these questions:

NFC and the use of RFID in Libraries - Information for Librarians

For information about the BIC Library Commitee, please go to the following link:


Just published: Draft implementation Guidelines for UKSLC in UKMARC and MARC21

The UKSLC, the BIC subject code scheme for libraries, has been available for several months and some members have requested some extra guidance on implementation, specifically in migrating from the old e4libraries subject scheme to the new UKSLC subject scheme using UKMARC and MARC21.