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Encyclopedia > Library automation system

A library automation system is a computer system designed to automate tasks in a library. Automation (ancient Greek: = self dictated) or Industrial Automation is the use of computers to control industrial machinery and processes, replacing human operators. ... A modern-style library in Chambéry In the traditional sense of the word, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. ...

Such systems primarily host a catalog of the library's collection, replacing the old card catalog once used. Under the card catalog system, several cards may be prepared for each book, to be used in a sorted series of cards by Title, Author and Subject. Each card would also bear a call number, denoting the item's location within the library's collection (for example, according to the Dewey decimal system or other library classification scheme). Look up catalogue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... There are various forms of catalog or catalogue, each organized registers of some set of objects. ... The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC, also called the Dewey Decimal System) is a system of library classification developed by Melvil Dewey (1851–1931) in 1876, and since greatly modified and expanded in the course of the twenty-two major revisions which have occurred up until 2004. ... A library classification is a system of coding and organizing library materials (books, serials, audiovisual materials, computer files, maps, manuscripts, realia) according to their subject. ...

Automation of the catalog saves the labor involved in resorting the card catalog, keeping it up-to-date with respect to the collection, etc.

Other tasks automated include checking out and checking in books, generating reports and borrowing, indexing journal articles and tracking interlibrary loans. Interlibrary loan (abbreviated ILL and in some countries called interloan, document delivery, or document supply etc) is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow books, videos, DVDs, sound recordings, microfilms, or receive photocopies of articles in magazines that are owned by another library. ...

See also

A Library Management System, sometimes referred to as an integrated library system, is a trademark of Sony. ... An integrated library system, or ILS, is an enterprise resource planning system for a library. ... An Online Public Access Catalog or OPAC is a computerized online catalog of the materials held in a library. ...

External links

  • Follett Software
  • LIBRARIAN (another site)
  • MiLAS Library Automation Software



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