Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries: A Microcomputer-based Approach

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Libraries Unlimited, 2002 - Education - 194 pages
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Bilal practically and systematically covers the entire spectrum of the latest measures involved in the automation process and offers detailed guidelines to enable both the novice and the seasoned librarian to make educated decisions and avoid costly mistakes when automating for the first time, upgrading, or changing systems.
 

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Contents

Overview of Automated Systems
1
MODULES AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
2
INTEGRATED OR STANDALONE?
3
BENEFITS OF LIBRARY AUTOMATION
4
DISADVANTAGES OF LIBRARY AUTOMATION
6
REFERENCES
7
Preparing for Automation
9
KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION
10
Indicators
107
Subfield Codes
108
Delimiters
109
Barcodes
110
Procedures for Barcoding the Collection
111
Barcoding Electronic Materials
112
REFERENCES
113
Cost Analysis for Recon
114

Learning at Conferences and from Vendors
11
User Needs
12
Function Analysis
13
Data Gathering
17
Data Analysis and Interpretation
23
Sources of Funding
24
SUMMARY
25
Data Gathering Analysis
26
System Architecture and Hardware Configurations
27
MICROCOMPUTERS
28
NonNetworked Hardware Configuration
29
LANBased versus WANBased Configuration
30
Disadvantages of LANBased and WANBased Configurations
31
Types of ClientServer Architecture
32
ThreeTier
33
SUMMARY
34
REFERENCES
35
Hardware Configuration
36
System Selection
37
Narrow Your Choices
38
Develop a Request for Proposal
39
Organizing the RFP
40
Instructions to the Vendor
41
Request for Price Quotation
42
Pitfalls to Avoid
43
The Do List Key Things to Remember
44
REFERENCES
45
SAMPLE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
46
Preparing the Collection for the Automated System
89
COLLECTION PREPARATION
90
RETROSPECTIVE CONVERSION
91
Who Does It?
93
Disadvantages
94
InHouse Conversion Process
95
Advantages
98
Disadvantages
99
Cost Analysis for Vendor Conversion
100
Cost Estimate for Conversion by a Paraprofessional
101
BIBLIOGRAPHIC STANDARDS
102
Leader
104
Variable Fields
105
Tags
106
Implementing the Automated System
115
Printers
116
INSTALLATION AND TESTING OF SOFTWARE
117
System Backup
118
TRAINING
120
OPACs ON THE WEB
121
The Leader
122
Title Field Tag 245
123
Subject Headings Fields Tag 600s
124
Added Entry Fields Tags 700s800s
125
REFERENCES
126
Database Maintenance
127
Networking
129
PeertoPeer Network
130
CONNECTING NETWORKS
131
Fiber Optic Cable
132
Telephone Connections
133
Frame Relay
134
Star Topology
135
NETWORK ARCHITECTURE
136
Token Ring Architecture
137
Narrowband Technology
139
REFERENCES
140
Networking
141
System Migration
143
Database Cleanup
146
Database Completion
147
MIGRATION TIPS
149
SUMMARY
150
System Migration
151
OPACs and the World Wide Web
153
OPAC ON THE WEB
154
Benefits of OPACs on the Web
155
Issues in Accessing OPACs on the Web
156
Access to Z3950 OPACs
157
Future OPACs
159
ROLE OF INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS
163
Bibliography
167
Glossary
171
Index
181
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DANIA BILAL is Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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