ERIC Number: ED389333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-10
Technology's Impact on Library Operations.
For the last 58 years, automation has helped to enhance the library system; library operations such as circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, and serials have changed significantly due to technology. Circulation control is often the first activity a library considers automating. In addition to loan transactions, an automated circulation system can perform the following tasks: tracking of circulation materials, checking for excessive number of books checked out, detecting delinquent borrowers, printing out overdue notices, printing out fine statements, enabling rapid access to location or status of items, preparing statistical data of circulation activities, and providing a multiple branch libraries network support. Computer technology has also made a tremendous impact on cataloging. With a bibliographic utility, catalogers are able to recall and transfer a bibliographic record into their computer system where it can be edited through a maintenance feature that automatically creates a MARC record screen for librarians, and a bibliographic screen for patrons. Today, automated acquisition systems provide a close control over purchase orders and funds for printed and non-printed materials. Improvements in hardware and software design have enabled the automation of serials. Functions include ordering, receiving, renewal, and inventory control. Due to technology, libraries now have the opportunity to meet the special needs of patrons in the form of services for the handicapped, information literacy programs, and community outreach activities. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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