Overview for Library Automation: Design, Principles and Practices
Libraries worldwide are increasingly turning to automation to effectively utilize and manage their information and knowledge resources. Library Automation: Design, Principles and Practice provides a road map to libraries contemplating partial or complete automation of their systems. With a brief historical perspective of the evolution of library automation systems, this book provides an extensive analysis of each single methodology that underpins the complex process of library automation. The book handles the automation of acquisition, cataloguing, circulation control, and serials in depth, dedicating a chapter each on file and data structures, and how to optimize critical single aspects of these individual key systems. An entire chapter is devoted to the nature and characteristics of emerging web-based library automation systems. This book is targeted at library science students and teachers in developing countries. It should also serve as a useful guide for librarians and software professionals interested in the area of library automation. The base chapters of the book explain: Why a subsystem is sought to be automated and the prerequisites to automation of a subsystem; What functionalities are considered desirable in different subsystems; How the functionalities are in fact implemented in one or more automation systems; and finally, The Interrelationship of each subsystem with other subsystems in an integrated system. The data structures chapters explore the innards of library automation systems, with each culminating in defining a database for an integrated library automation system. An application CD accompanies the book and contains: sample applications; presentations for use by teachers; applications to illustrate the data structures discussed in the book; links to and full text resources on the Web; and a description of a web-based library automation system developed in India.
L.J. Haravu (Author)
Born in 1935, Lakshminarasimh Jayaram Haravu holds Masters Degrees in Mathematics and in information science. He has had specialized training in systems analysis, computer programming and database management both in India and abroad. Currently a freelance information consultant, and a trustee of the Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge management (KIKM), he has over 35 years of experience as a library and information professional in senior management positions in Indian and international research and academic institutions. His specialization includes the application of information technologies for library management, information retrieval, and database management, and the development of specialized services for researchers. L J Haravu was conferred the Librarian of the Year Award (1994) by the Indian Association for Special Libraries and Information Centres. He has been visiting faculty at various library schools in India and at specialized training programs for information professional in India and overseas. L J Haravu has provided information system consultancy to a range of Indian institutions (DESIDOC, BHEL:, INFLIBNET, CMC) as well as to international agencies such as UNESCO, FAO, and IDRC. As an initiative of KIIKM, L J Haravu has partnered with a software company in Hyderabad, India, to develop NewGenLib, a modern web-based library automation and networking software targeted to developing countries.