NISO-Texas Center for Digital Knowledge Institute: RFID Technologies: Standards and Integration in the Information Environment

October 25-26, 2005
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Cosponsored by NISO and the Center for Digital Knowledge at
The University of North Texas-Denton

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology may be a relative newcomer in the Information Industry, but it is well-established in other areas where distribution and inventory control are critical. Ever more sophisticated functionality and new applications characterize this dynamic technology. What can publishers, booksellers, academic and public librarians, and knowledge managers learn from applications in a wide range of industries? What vendor choices are available? What are the growth opportunities for RFID in the information industry? What is the current status of standards and what else is needed? All communities have a stake in identifying new standards that will support continued innovation and interoperability and allow maximum flexibility in developing new applications for both customers and vendors. You are invited to learn and contribute to the discussion at the institute co-sponsored by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge.

Institute Goals

  • Discover the value proposition that justifies the expense of RFID technology and calculate the return on investment.
  • Explore the standards needed to maximize the implementation opportunities in the library and book industry.
  • Understand the challenges to item level encoding and what practices can safeguard patron privacy.
  • Learn about multiple RFID applications in commercial settings to uncover new ideas -- what lessons can be trail blazers? You will also learn about library implementations and applications in circulation, inventory, and collection management.

Target Audience

  • Librarians at all levels: directors and managers at all levels from academic, public, school, and special libraries
  • System vendors and technology providers to libraries and the book industry
  • Booksellers, publishers
  • Leaders in the RFID industry and RFID distributors
  • Standards experts from libraries, industry, and the RFID community

Meeting Location

The RFID Institute will be held at the University of North Texas Conference Center in Denton, Texas:
Eagle Student Services Center, ESSC, Section D5, UNT Union, level 3, Silver Eagle Suites.
Parking garage is located across the street. Contact UNT security to arrange for parking on campus.

Click here for campus directions and/or campus map.

Meeting Fees and Registration

The registration fee includes two breakfasts, one lunch, all breaks, and the Texas barbecue dinner. NISO Voting Members and Library Standards Alliance Members receive substantial discounts.

RFID Institute Registration Fees


Early Bird








  • Early bird rates are offered until September 23, 2005.
  • Regular rates will apply from September 24 until October 19.
  • Registration-on-the-web closes October 19. After that date call the NISO office to arrange on-site registration. A processing fee of $50 will be added to each on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by October 7 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After October 7, there are no refunds.

"Member" rates apply to NISO Voting Members, NISO LSA members, and UNT faculty and staff.

To see if your institution is a NISO member, click here: NISO Voting Members NISO Library Standards Alliance Members For information on becoming a member, click here.

The meeting fee must be pre-paid. Payment can be made by Amex, Mastercard, or Visa.

How to Register

Click Here for Online Registration
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Please go to the Meeting Registration site. Payment can be made by Amex, Mastercard, or Visa.

If you are not paying by credit credit please download and print out this Registration Form and fax or mail it to NISO. Payment must accompany Registration form.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made by October 7 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After October 7, there are no refunds.

Institute Planning Team

  • John Jordon, TAGSYS
  • Corrie Marsh, University of North Texas Center for Digital Knowledge
  • October Ivins
  • Pat Harris, NISO
  • Paul Sevcik, 3M

Hotel Accommodations

Click here for a list of nearby accommodations. The UNT rate is approximately $82 (ask for UNT rate when reserving).

Three hotels are within walking distance or on the UNT shuttle: Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn Suites, and Radisson. Also close, but requiring a car are Best Western, Wildwood Inn, and various B&Bs.

For transportation from Dallas/Fort Worth airport to Denton, contact Denton Airport Transportation, (940) 966-2775
or A's Shuttle: (940) 566-2744, (940) 566-2755.