Friday, August 10, 2018

RFID Poetry

For many of those working in today's libraries, RFID is a term you are more than familiar with - radio-frequency identification. Tags are placed inside books, movies, and other library materials which act as both a security feature and a quick and easy way to sign out items. This allows these materials to be checked out without using the barcode, and for users to borrow and return items without the help of library staff.
RFID poetry is a form of book spine poetry (placing spines of books next to each other and reading the titles in order to create a poem). Created by checking out or returning items with the use of RFID scanners, the resulting receipt can create some deep, hilarious, or downright weird poetic creations depending on the order the items are scanned.

I recently found this article from entitled "RFID Machines in British Libraries Are Producing Charming Found Poetry" with some great example of RFID poetry. So, here it is for your reading pleasure:


  1. I'd never heard of this before! That's so cool! From now on, I'll be consciously placing my library books in a specific order to make a cool poem! x