An Automation Primer for School Library Media Centers, 1st Edition

  • Barbara Schultz-Jones
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  • ISBN-10: 1586833111
  • ISBN-13: 9781586833114
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released June 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Overview

This easy-to-read, thorough guide to library automation systems includes current information on the components of software and choices to make when automating a school library. This book includes information on the various stages of automation conversions and a project planning process guide to assist librarians in a variety of library settings to plan and implement their automation projects. It includes interviews, background information, vendor presentations, and the author's practical experience in implementing an integrated automation system. Also includes a glossary of terms and an index for ready access to information.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Acknowledgements.
Table of Contents.
Figures & Tables.
Introduction.
Automation Systems.
Automation Systems Defined.
Overview.
Concepts and Themes.
Structuring System Components.
System Configurations.
Weighing the Alternatives.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Automation System Features.
Cataloging.
Cataloging Standards.
Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).
Circulation.
Inventory Control.
Acquisitions.
Reports.
Serials Management.
Media Booking.
Inter-Library Loans (ILL).
Backup and Restore.
Maintenance.
The System Is Down—Now What!?.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Web Access.
Value of Web Access.
Internet.
Internet2.
World Wide Web.
The Deep Web.
Web OPACs.
Web Enhancements to an Automation System.
Web Cataloging Activities.
Protocols and Standards.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Technical Considerations.
Software.
Hardware.
Providing Web Access.
Connection Lines for Web Access.
Wireless Connection for Web Access.
Computer Security.
Resource Security.
Barcode Systems.
Handheld Devices.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Future Considerations.
Emerging Concepts.
Emerging Protocols and Standards.
Emerging Technologies.
Technology Skills.
Staying in Touch with Users.
Future Automated Systems.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Automation Project Process.
The Automation Project Process.
Process Overview.
Initiate the Project.
Library Media Center Profile.
Needs Assessment.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Project Planning.
Identify Major Issues.
Preliminary Research.
Project Support.
Project Proposal.
Project Management.
The Project Team.
Project Schedule.
Update Stakeholders.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Project Definition.
Design Specifications.
Cost Estimates.
Consulting and Staff Fees.
Training.
Operational Costs.
Funding.
Keep Stakeholders Informed.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Selection of an Automation System.
Assemble Selection Team.
Prepare Request for Proposal (RFP).
Issue Request for Proposal (RFP).
Evaluate RFP Responses.
Vendor Demonstrations.
Vendor Selection.
Finalize Price, Installation, and Maintenance.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
Site Preparation.
Physical Space.
User Orientation.
Prepare the Collection.
Acquire Electronic Records.
Update Stakeholders.
Summary.
References.
Internet References.
System Implementation.
Site Installation.
System Setup.
Testing.
Training Staff and Patrons.
Going Live.
Maintenance and Support.
Workflow.
Summary.
References.
Evaluation.
Assess System Effectiveness.
Assess User Satisfaction.
Assess Project Experience.
Compile Final Report.
Disseminate Results.
Summary.
References.
Automation Toolkit.
Feature A: Automation System Vendors.
Feature B: MARC Record Components.
Feature C: MARC Record Services Vendors.
Feature D: Sample Request for Proposal (RFP).
Feature E: Collected TIPs.
Feature F: Automation Project Process Checklist.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.
Biographical Sketch.