ERIC Number: ED409021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries: A Microcomputer-Based Approach.
Meghabghab, Dania Bilal
Although the general automation process can be applied to most libraries, small libraries and media centers require a customized approach. Using a systematic approach, this guide covers each step and aspect of automation in a small library setting, and combines the principles of automation with field- tested activities. After discussing needs assessment and comparing various library functions within the automated and unautomated environments, a detailed description is provided of system selection and implementation. Problems that end-users encounter in accessing OPACs are identified, innovative solutions are offered, and activities for hands-on experience are recommended. Included are guidelines for functions analysis, preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP), barcoding, site preparation, and database maintenance are included. The book also examines the role of the media specialist, various computer systems and their features, local area network topologies and architectures, various components of a USMARC/MicroLIF Protocol record, OPACs in cyberspace, the role of the Z39.50 standard, and more. A glossary, index and list of additional readings are included. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer System Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Resources Centers, Library Automation, Library Technical Processes, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Online Catalogs, School Libraries, Technology Integration
Libraries Unlimited, Inc., P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633 ($30; $36 outside North America).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners; Teachers
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