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This up-to-date and multiplied moment variation bargains the most recent 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 excited about the automation approach. even supposing this article doesn't prescribe a particular method or technique, it deals specified directions to let either the beginner and the pro librarian to make expert judgements and stay away from high priced blunders whilst automating for the 1st time, upgrading an current procedure, or migrating from one automatic process to a different.

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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. The architectures that have characterized library automated systems are hierarchical and client/server. In a hierarchical architecture, all processing and tasks are controlled by the host system (a mainframe or miniframe computer).

The user can then borrow the item through interlibrary loan or by checking it out from a designated library. • It enables media centers and libraries to import and export MARC records. Records obtained from book vendors or other sources on disk are imported into an automated system to save cataloging time. Records can be exported from one system and imported into a new automated system without incurring new costs for retrospective conversion. Exporting records is essential for migrating from one automated system to another.

If funds are not available to acquire all modules in an automated system, for example, consider phasing in the project by acquiring one module at a time, based on your priorities for automation. If funds are available, a decision may have to be made whether to hire an automation consultant to assist with the project. If you feel comfortable about gathering information and learning about the automation process, you may not need a consultant. Even when a consultant is hired, the final decision about selecting an automated system should lie with the automation advisory committee, not the consultant.

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