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

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With a practical, systematic approach, this guide covers the entire spectrum of activities involved in automating media centers and small libraries. Simple explanations of the principles of automation are combined with field-tested activities that give readers the opportunity for field experience. Comparing various library functions within the automated and unautomated environments, the author describes system selection and implementation in detail, identifies the problems that end-users encounter in accessing ...

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Overview

With a practical, systematic approach, this guide covers the entire spectrum of activities involved in automating media centers and small libraries. Simple explanations of the principles of automation are combined with field-tested activities that give readers the opportunity for field experience. Comparing various library functions within the automated and unautomated environments, the author describes system selection and implementation in detail, identifies the problems that end-users encounter in accessing OPACs, offers innovative solutions to problems to be solved in future OPACs, and recommends activities for hands-on experience. Guidelines for needs assessments and functions analysis, preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP), barcoding, site preparation, and database maintenance are included. The book also covers the role of the media specialist, different computer systems and their features, LAN topologies and architectures, various components of a USMARC/Microlif Protocol record, OPACs i

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This is not only a textbook for those studying library automation--it is also a great hands-on guide for those automating a library. It covers just about every imaginable aspect of automation, providing a step-by-step checklist for media specialists and library administrators. The book follows the order of activities one would undertake in an automation project. Meghabghab provides detailed information in all areas: choosing vendors, collection preparation (retrospective conversion, bibliographic standards, etc.), installation, and online networking. Each section suggests activities that provide hands-on exercises. This is a useful manual for anyone embarking on such a project, as well as for library students.--Julie Halverstadt, Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563084720
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 6/15/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Overview of Automated Systems 1
Ch. 2 Preparing for Automation 9
Ch. 3 System Architecture and Hardware Configurations 27
Ch. 4 System Selection 37
Ch. 5 Preparing the Collection for the Automated System 89
Ch. 6 Implementing the Automated System 115
Ch. 7 Networking 129
Ch. 8 System Migration 143
Ch. 9 OPACs and the World Wide Web 153
Ch. 10 Future OPACs 159
Bibliography 167
Glossary 171
Index 181
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