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Library Automation and Networking

Banaras Hindu University via Swayam


ABOUT THE COURSE: The basic objective of this course is to apprise the learners with basics of Automation and Networking in Libraries. The course will help to acquaint with the procedures of planning and implementation of automation software in various types such as open source, commercial and in-house developed in libraries. Also it will help the learners to make them familiar with all the areas of library automation in an effective way. It also creates awareness on the different types of integrated library management systems used for library automation at national and international levels. Learners will also have a comprehensive idea about the tools, strategies and techniques of Retrospective Conversion, which one of the major components of Library Automation process where the process of converting the existing manual catalogues of a library into a machine-readable format adopting specified standards is being performed. Learners will also have a clear understanding about the library networking and library consortia and these aspects have a great potential and new capabilities for sharing information amongst different libraries. It will also give an overview of Internet technologies and digital resources, searching techniques, digital libraries, and institutional libraries. After completion of thecourse the learners will be confident enough to do the automation and networking process at any library in a planned and cost-effective manner with an effective search strategy.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Library and Information Science, Computer Science or anyone who is having a Bachelor Degree in any of the DisciplinePREREQUISITES: Any Degree (BA/BSc./BCom./BLISc.)INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All the companies/industries who have requirement of Library Professional with specialization in automation and networking recognize the course


Week 1-Library Automation
Basics of AutomationOverview of Library AutomationNeed and PurposeStrategiesAdvantagesGeneration of Library Automatione-Text- 1e-Text- 2e-Text- 3Quiz 1Quiz 2
Week 2-Automation of Housekeeping OperationsPlanning and ImplementationInfrastructure Requirements (Hardware, Software and Humanware)Types of Library Automation SoftwareOpen SourceProprietaryIn-House DevelopedCustomizedAreas of Library AutomationAcquisition ServicesTechnical ServicesCirculation ServicesAdministrative ServicesSerials ControlOPACe-Text- 4e-Text- 5e-Text- 6Quiz 3Quiz 4
Week 3-Integrated Library Management System (ILMS)DefinitionGeneral FeaturesHistorical DevelopmentsTypesSelection of ILMSCommercial (Proprietary)Free or Open SourceIn-house DevelopedEvaluation of Integrated Library SystemFeatures of Major OSILSABCDKohaNewGenLibe-Text- 7e-Text- 8e-Text- 9Quiz 5Quiz 6
Week 4- Retrospective ConversionDefinitionCharacteristics and ProcessNeed for Retrospective ConversionTools for Retrospective ConversionStrategies and Techniquese-Text- 10e-Text- 11e-Text- 12Quiz 7Quiz 8
Week 5- Computerised Information ServicesIntroductionAdvantagesAlerting ServicesBibliographic ServicesDocument Delivery ServicesReference ServicesApplication of BarcodingApplication of RFIDe-Text- 13e-Text- 14e-Text- 15Quiz 9Quiz 10
Week 6- Library NetworkingIntroduction to NetworksTypes of NetworksPurpose and Functions of Library NetworksAdvantages of NetworkingLibrary CooperationResource Sharinge-Text- 16e-Text- 17e-Text- 18Quiz 11Quiz 12
Week 7- Library ConsortiaIntroductionNeed of Library ConsortiaTypes (Levels) of Library ConsortiaAdvantagesIssues and ChallengesNational Level Library ConsortiaInternational Level Library Consortiae-Text- 19e-Text- 20e-Text- 21Quiz 13Quiz 14
Week 8- Internet Technology and Digital ResourcesTypes of ResourcesMeta ResourcesInternet Information ResourcesSearching TechniquesDigital LibrariesInstitutional RepositoriesText- 22e-Text- 23e-Text- 24Quiz 15Quiz 16

Taught by

Prof. Gireesh Kumar T. K.



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