The Changing Role of a Library
It is no more just a library but a Knowledge Resource Centre!
The concept of library in an institute, corporate, university, college or school has greatly changed with time. The modern library is a focused entity providing a rich physical as well as digital collection and knowledge-based services to its members for their intellectual and academic learning. There is a growing need for library automation system in all institutes. The implementation of a library automation system leads to savings in terms of time, efforts, costs, and resources.
LIBSYS - An advanced Library Automation Software
With the advancement of technology, library automation is not only confined to a computerized catalogue of bibliographic records, but it is an end to end complete solution managing all the activities. It includes the complete life cycle from the allocation of budgets to the dissemination of information to library members. LIBSYS automates all these processes in an integrated library management system having an acquisition system, cataloguing system, circulation system, serials system, e-books management, along with articles indexing. For libraries that require online workflow for procurement and approvals, LIBSYS software provides Vendor and Dean Portals as well.
Members can conveniently access library services online through the library portal which provides all the information about the library, important circulars, patron’s privileges, useful links, FAQs, visitor counts, etc., along with a feature-rich OPAC – Online Public Access Catalogue. An enhanced OPAC interface facilitates catalogue searching and browsing features along with new arrivals, popular books, e-books, and other e-library collection. Members can also be provided personalized homepages display new arrivals based on their subject preference, recommended titles, SDI and RSS services, and log of lending transactions.
Automation of a library enhances services to its members using lesser staff and ensures high efficiency in managing library operations. It results in saving valuable man-hours and contribute more to spread knowledge and information. Various international standards are incorporated in the LIBSYS system for interoperability and resource sharing like MARC21, RDA, Z39.50, SRU/W, SIP2/NCIP, Dublin Core, AACR2, etc.
LIBSYS library automation software supports Web 2.0 / 3.0 philosophy for enriching content, linking to other related websites, reviews & ratings, etc. The latest developments include delivery of digital content (link resolvers, portal and metadata search interfaces, and e-resource management modules).
Impact of Library Automation
Much of the library work is tedious and repetitive in nature and require accuracy while updating and maintaining records. In a library, multiple operations can be performed using the same bibliographic record and each operation may concern with individual copies of a title. When a document is ordered, a bibliographic record is created which is first used for the acquisition and then for technical processing, library OPAC, circulation, binding, etc.
Automation in libraries permits decentralized access to a bibliographic record. The status of an order can be verified by library staff without enquiring or maintaining duplicate files. Patrons can check if the book is in circulation or available on the library shelf.
Application of Information Technology in libraries leads to increased operational efficiency, quality, speed, accuracy, and proper functioning. it also increases the productivity of the library staff and relieves them from routine chores so that they can concentrate on user-oriented library services.