Library Automation

  • Steps of Library Automation

    Systems approach to library automation. The question before the libraries now is not ‘to automate’ or ‘not to automate’ rather ‘how’ to automate. It is a well known fact that considerable human and financial resources are utilized in launching upon automation project. In this connection K.J. Singh (1985) has rightly observed that “no body can deny the advantages of automation, but in developing countries like…

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  • Library Automation: The Concept

    Library Automation The word ‘Automation’ has been derived from a Greek word ‘Automate’ which means something which has the power of spontaneous motion or self-movement (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of English Language, 1966). The term ‘Automation’ was first introduced by D.S. Harder in 1936, who was then with the General Motor Company in the United States. He used the term automation to mean automatic…

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  • English

    Library Automation.

    What is Library Automation? The term ‘Library Automation‘ is being used extensively in library science to mean the application of computer to perform some of the traditional library activities such as acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, stock verification etc. Library automation can be defined simply as the use of computer and networking technologies in the library. Definition: Automation is a process of using the machineries for easy…

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  • English

    Basic Components of Library Automation System.

    An Integrated Library System or Library Automation, is an enterprise resource planning system for a library, used track items owned, orders made, bill paid, and information patrons who have borrowed. Automation is the use of machines, on the other-hand Library Automation refers to the implementation of computer software that allows previously manual tasks to be completed in computer system. Basic Components of an Integrated or…

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  • Methods follow by a library to select an integrated library system.

    There are many vendors of integrated library system. One sources of information on vendors and systems is “Automated System Marketplace” which is published annually in Library Journal. While it is possible, using such a tool to identify market leaders among the vendors, it is not possible to say which of the available systems is best. Such a determination would have to be based on a…

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  • Integrated Library System

    Integrated Lybrary: Today’s libraries are facing the challenges posed by a diverseand rapidly expanding information universe. Increased user expectations for faster and easier access to relevantinformation go hand in hand with institutional demands forincreased operational efficiency. Integrated  library  systems  (ILS)  are  multifunction,  adaptable  software  applications  that  allow  libraries  tomanage,  catalog  and  circulate  their  materials  to  patrons.  In  choosing  ILS  software,  libraries  must  base  theirdecision not…

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  • Automated Library System

    An automated library system usually consists of a number of functional modules, such as acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, series and an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). An “integrated” library system is an automated system, as described above, in which all of the functional modules share a common bibliographic database. The National Library of Medicine used the term “integrated” in referring to a system in which all…

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  • ICT and Information

    Barriers of Library Automation

    Following could be the few possible barriers of Library automation: Fear of adverse impact on employment: If we analyze the various jobs such as book acquisition, technical processing, circulation and reference service one can conclude that human interference is necessary at each and every step. The only area where substantial manpower can be saved is the cataloguing. The data entered at the time of ordering…

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  • ICT and Information

    Needs and Purposes of library automation

    The motto of Library Automation is to provide the right information, to right person, in right manner, in right time. While justifying need of library automation more than cost-effectiveness the benefits derived by the library users become the major consideration. Since library does not happen to be an economic entry such benefits need to be looked at in a different perspective. to appreciate the advantages…

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  • English

    History of Library Automation

    In 1930s, the efforts of library automation system was started by Herman Hollerith of the US Census Bureau who invented punched card technology, with the help of Dr. Jolul Shaw Buildings, the then Director of Surgeon-General’s Library (now the National Library of Medicine). In 1935, Dr. Ralph H. Parker Created a circulation control system at the University of Texas at Austin using the Hollerith Punched…

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