The Power of an Identity Management Integrated Library System
September 20, 2018
An integrated library system that makes use of people’s identities as a means of verification is one that is incredibly fast, secure and convenient to use. With identity management, you can create solutions that will put you in everybody’s good books.
What can an integrated library system do?
First and foremost, an integrated library system can make the most important library task of borrowing books super simple. Library goers use their identity verification, whether a PIN, smartcard or biometric to register which books they are borrowing. When they return the book, they simply scan their identification once more. It couldn’t be simpler for the reliable tracking of books and their whereabouts.
But the same identity management system could be used for more in a library. It could also be how users log-on to their computers. A quick scan or PIN input gets them logged on to library computers. If they need to print something out, they could authorize a follow-me printing solution with the same identification too. Printing might cost money, so that also opens up the possibility of an online account that can be topped up and that allows for cashless payments. If the library has a café too, the same account could be used to pay for library drinks and snacks.
One identity management system integrated to multiple solutions in a library creates a unified and convenient experience for users. If the library is in a school or university, it can be the same identification used for all kinds of other educational purposes too, like cashless catering or attendance monitoring.
What authentication is best for an integrated library system?
So, when implementing an integrated library system, what is the best form of authentication to go for? We’ve mentioned PINs, smartcards and biometrics so far, and they are the main options BioStore provide. We allow you to use them in any combination, whatever fits you and your users best. PINs are a simple option, perhaps not best used in isolation because of the security risk, but when used to bump up the security of other authentication, they add an extra level of security.
The use of cards and biometrics make things easier from a user perspective, because a simple scan is all that is ever needed, rather than having to remember a unique PIN. Biometrics are the ultimate of the two, as they allow only the person the biometric belongs to, to use it. Others could lend each other smartcards and compromise security. A fingerprint scan on the other hand can’t be lent out, can’t get lost and can’t get stolen. It’s the approach that provides the highest security and greatest ease for library goers.
It’s simple. Turn a new page and go for a properly integrated library system if you want to make going to the library and using its service incredibly convenient and streamlined.