LIBRARY AUTOMATION @KV MAHASAMUND
Automating a school library is the process which restructures its functions and reinvents its services. By keeping a database as the basis, automation converge new technologies of information storage and retrieval with traditional housekeeping operations. An automated school library can serve the teaching and learning community more effectively. A reduction in the time needed for routine operations can be utilized to give customized services to the users. The process of library automation has a short history in our country. It needs proper planning and active implementation. Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom initiated the automation of its library to cope with the ever changing needs of the students and staff. The modernization of the library media centre helps the students to become skilled information users and life long learners.
Library automation may be defined as the application computers to perform traditional library house keeping activities such as acquisition, circulation, cataloguing , reference and serials control.
(a) To improve control over collection;
(b) To have an effective control over the entire operation;
(c) To improve the existing services;
(d) To share effectively the resources among various libraries in a region;
(e) To avoid duplication of work;
(f) To use the services of the existing staff effectively.
Retrospective conversion completed
OPAC(Online Public Access Catalogue)
Now the patrons can search library database for books, journals and multimedia.
They can search it by using keywords, author, title, subject,etc
Then note the Call No and go directly to the shelf and pick the book.
Preparation of Library membership card with barcoded Admission No. continues.
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Library Automation: what we will get?
- It provides users with timely access to library materials
- It eliminates routine tasks or performs them more efficiently
- It reduces the amount of time spent on material acquisition, serials management, budget administration and record keeping.
- It supports new means of information retrieval by introducing patrons to global information
- It allows patrons to use search strategies that exceed those that can be used with card catalogue
- It allows patrons to search library’s collection from locations outside the library’s walls.
- It motivates patrons , equips them with problem solving and information retrieval skills , and provides them with lif long learning experiences
L A:What are the steps?
- i) Preparing for Automation
- ii) System architecture and Hardware selection
iii) System selection
- iv) Preparing the collection for the Automated system
- v) Implementing the Automated system
- vi) Networking
vii) OPACs and WWW
viii) Planning for the future
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