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Adoption of near field communication in S-Library application for information science

MOHD KAMIR YUSOF (Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Besut, Malaysia)
Andrew Abel (University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Md Yazid Saman (Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
Mohd Nordin Abdul Rahman (Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 9 November 2015




The purpose of this paper is to first review the implementation of automatic identification and data capture) technologies in library/information science, focusing on barcode technology, radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC). This paper then presents S-Library, a new android-based application, to enable users to perform a wide range of information science-related transactions, such as borrowing, searching, returning and viewing transaction records.


This paper presents the design process and the database and software components. For analysis, the authors used application testing, and also usability testing, with a questionnaire distributed to 343 users.


The implementation of NFC technology means that S-Library has a number of technical advantages over other approaches. It was also shown with user acceptance testing that there was a high degree of user satisfaction with S-Library.

Research limitations/implications

Although the findings combine technical assessment and usability testing and are extremely positive, further user evaluation could be performed. In addition, S-Library does not currently read existing RFID tags, which would improve the application further.

Practical implications

The system proposed here shows that S-Library is a feasible approach taken to improve the library transaction experience and that it can replace and improve upon older technologies.


This paper provides a first successful demonstration of a functioning and tested android and NFC-based library transaction system and shows that this approach generates a high degree of user reliability.



YUSOF, M.K., Abel, A., Saman, M.Y. and Abdul Rahman, M.N. (2015), "Adoption of near field communication in S-Library application for information science", New Library World, Vol. 116 No. 11/12, pp. 728-747.



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