Automating media centers and small libraries: a by Dania Bilal

By Dania Bilal

This up to date and accelerated moment version deals the newest findings and practices for library automation within the twenty first century. With a realistic, systematic technique, Bilal covers the complete spectrum of steps and actions eager about the automation strategy. even supposing this article doesn't prescribe a selected approach or technique, it deals targeted guidance to permit either the beginner and the professional librarian to make proficient judgements and keep away from expensive error while automating for the 1st time, upgrading an latest procedure, or migrating from one automatic method to a different.

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Any media center or library that is seeking to establish a presence on the Web must have its catalog automated. What is most evident about automation is that it improves library services and increases productivity, efficiency, and accuracy in performing a variety of library operations. Additional benefits of library automation are that: • It allows patrons to use search strategies that exceed those that can be used with card catalogs. Card catalogs can be searched only by author, title, and subject; OPACs can be accessed by author, title, subject, and keyword.

It is usually confined to a fairly small geographical area: one building, or a group of buildings close to each other. A WAN is a statewide, regional, nationwide, or worldwide network designed to share software, such as the Internet. Most media centers and small libraries will use a microcomputer-based automation system. This book assumes a basic knowledge of microcomputers, but readers who require more information about them should refer to Ron White’s How Computers Work (2002). AUTOMATION SOFTWARE FOR VARIOUS CLASSES OF COMPUTERS Automation software may operate on mainframes, miniframes, or microcomputers.

Operating systems are software programs that monitor, supervise, and execute functions in a computer. , local area network), Unix and Windows NT have become the most popular operating systems. An automated system may operate on a microcomputer, minicomputer, or mainframe computer. Generally, the differences among these computers are in the processing power, disk storage, memory size, number of terminals or computers supported, intended applications, and cost (Saffady 1999). Automation using miniframes and mainframes is beyond the scope of this book; however, many of the topics discussed here in relation to microcomputers will apply equally well, or with some adaptation, to media centers and small libraries that are networked to mainframes or miniframes.

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