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  Sci. Res. Impact.  

  5(5): 177-183, August 2019

 

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Scientific Research and Impact, Vol. 5(5), pp  177-183 August 2019

doi:1014412/SRI2019.183

(ISSN 2315-5396) © 2019 Science Park Journals

Full Length Research Paper

 

Library Automation of Academic Libraries

MARILYN L. LASPIÑAS

 

 

 Abstract

 

Library automation stresses the application of Information and Communication Technology to library operations and services. The functions that may automate are cataloging, online public access catalog, circulation, and report generation. The study aimed to assess the library services of academic libraries using automation. This study sought to find out the status of the library automation; the different functions of the systems; and the problems encountered by the academic libraries. The study employed the descriptive survey method that involves the collection of detailed and factual information for catalogers and library clientele, with a researcher made survey questionnaires. Data were validated through the answers of the respondents and the available library records.  The results showed that OPAC, Circulation, Cataloging, and Statistical reports are well functioning. In the same manner OPAC considered as the library directory. However, the Circulation maintained the smooth borrowing, and returning of resources. The Cataloging helped the catalogers processed and classified books and other library resources. Moreover, the Statistical records provided the detailed data on the utilization of the library. On the other hand, the study revealed the problems encountered by the academic libraries namely: automation is electricity dependent; regular training for the technical services librarian and staff; constant upgrading of the system; maintenance for the technical support. These contribute to the fast, effective, efficient, and adequate implementation of plans and programs, operations and services of the academic libraries.

 

KEYWORDS: Library and Information Science, library automation, academic libraries, Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), circulation, cataloging, statistical report, and descriptive design. 

 


 

 

                                                                                                       

 

 

            

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