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Design of Library Automation Systems: File Structures, Data Structures, and Tools

CILEA provides its users with the management expectations of automation systems for libraries (LMS – Library Management System) or the necessary assistance for their use. The service operates from early 80s and is aimed at individual libraries that library systems. In particular, initiatives are being promoted “consortium” involving the implementation of an automation system (pole) used by multiple agencies.

Library Management System Checklist

How does your current system compare to a modern client/server library system? If you can’t check off the following functions, you need to consider changing systems.
Company
* Many years of dedicated experience in serving the technological needs of libraries
* Long-term track record of profitability and steady revenue growth
* A loyal, satisfied customer base, representing libraries like yours
* No “legacy” systems – customers continue to use their original system, updated annually with the latest technological advances available
Technology
* Choice of fully-developed UNIX or NT server platforms
* Choice of RDBMS
* Scalable to any size with advanced multi-tier, client/server design
* Full-text bibliographic search engine
* Centralized software and configuration management of all desktop clients in the network
* Easy Windows Wizards for all system administration functions
Flexibility
* Simple Interview Wizards to enable easy system set-up and local customization
* Unlimited size of parameter tables
* Easy global changes for parameter tables
* Ability to easily establish additional fields
* Ability to produce statistical reports for these additional fields
* Fully documented and easy-to-use Application Program Interface (API)
Management Reports
* A variety of report templates that are easily customized to provide almost unlimited reporting capabilities
* Additional custom reporting via API or SQL
* Desktop reporting completely integrated with parameter tables
* Graphical report interface that enables point and click selection of appropriate data elements, time periods, frequencies, output devices, etc.

Terminal Server Powered Workstaions For Libraries

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Serials Solutions 360 E-Resource Access & Management Services Offer New Japanese-Language Enhancements

Serials Solutions is pleased to announce new Japanese-language enhancements for the Serials Solutions 360 services. These developments feature improve search results through enabling alternate kanji character matching in Japanese-language title searches, added support for many new databases unique to the Asia-Pacific region, and Japanese-language localization for the New Serials Solutions 360 Search federated search service.
“Now, libraries will be able to greatly enhance the discovery experience of their Japanese speaking patrons,” says Serials Solutions Senior Product Manager, Tim Fujita-Yuhas.

Phase one of San Francisco Public Library’s adoption at ALA Annual Conference in Washington

3M Library Systems has introduced significant enhancements to its RFID (radio frequency identification) systems that help improve the performance, ease of use, and aesthetics of the technology for library applications, at the American Library Association’s annual conference and exhibition at the Washington Convention Center.
The enhanced SelfCheck System C-Series from 3M for self-service returns now permits external and internal drop chutes to be in close proximity, facilitating convenient sorting options.

India’s Panjab University Library Taps 3M for Turnkey Conversion to RFID Circulation Management and Security

3M Library Systems has been awarded a turnkey project that will provide radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for circulation and inventory management and security at the Panjab University Library in Chandigarh, the capital of the Punjab region in northwest India.
Known officially as the A.C. Joshi Library, in memory of a distinguished university vice chancellor, the 61-year-old library contains nearly 700,000 books and audio/visual items.

Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries

In a time where an economic downturn and concerns about climate change are influencing decisions, many libraries are looking for ways to save money and to reduce their impact on the environment. This report provides detailed information about the operating systems, software, and approaches used by three libraries and one academic institution that have implemented open source public workstations.

The National Academic Library Information System in Bulgaria Selects a Suite of Ex Libris Solutions

Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that the National Academic Library Information System (NALIS) in Bulgaria has chosen a number of Ex Libris solutions to form a unified backbone and gateway to the library

Bibliomation Selects Evergreen and Equinox

Bibliomation, located in Middlebury Connecticut, has selected Evergreen as their next-generation integrated library system (ILS). Equinox Software, the Evergreen Experts, will provide data migration, software configuration, and post-migration technical support.
Bibliomation will begin with a group of four pilot libraries Beacon Falls, Douglas, Slater, and Windham Public Libraries. Once the pilot phase is complete, other libraries in the network will migrate to Evergreen.

Gaming & Libraries: Learning Lessons from the Intersections

2009 may be remembered as the year in which gaming became just like any other service in libraries, with librarians implementing gaming initiatives that look very much like those we already offer for books, movies, music, and computers for as varied an audience as other library services are offered. As gaming in libraries has become more of a mainstream service, rather than a curious exception, anecdotal evidence has appeared on mailing lists, in newspaper articles, in conference presentations, and on blog posts, and general themes have begun to emerge.