By Dania Bilal
This up-to-date and improved moment variation deals the newest findings and practices for library automation within the twenty first century. With a realistic, systematic strategy, Bilal covers the whole spectrum of steps and actions desirous about the automation procedure. even though this article doesn't prescribe a selected procedure or method, it bargains specific instructions to let either the amateur and the pro librarian to make expert judgements and stay away from high priced blunders whilst automating for the 1st time, upgrading an latest procedure, or migrating from one computerized procedure to a different.
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If you find that the circulation function is the most tedious, demanding, and repetitive, for example, and that there is a need to increase its effectiveness, accuracy, and efficiency, then that function is a prime candidate for automation. Similarly, if a user survey indicates that the greatest demand or need is to assist users in finding information and to improve access to the collection, then public access is the highest priority. It is worth noting that the public access function, which is supported by the OPAC in an automated environment, cannot be implemented without the cataloging function; this gives OPAC and cataloging functions equal priority.
Title and author, subject and author). , magazine, book, video), language, or reading level, and they can sort bibliographies by author, title, and publication date. , DOS). Through a hyperlink search a user can find related records in the automated system’s database under a word or subject. The user can also locate related resources that appear on the Web via the MARC field 856 when this field is activated. Another search feature that was not possible in character-based systems is the visual search.
Updating the software must be done on each computer station. The more stations, the more time-consuming it is to install and update the software. In addition, problem diagnosis and software and hardware troubleshooting is time-consuming, especially when more than one or two computer stations malfunction at the same time, because each station may have different problems. Another configuration that existed in a non-networked environment several years ago is the CD-ROM. This configuration is similar to the microcomputer stand-alone configuration, except that the automation software operated from one or more CD-ROMs rather than each computer’s hard disk.
Automating media centers and small libraries: a microcomputer-based approach by Dania Bilal