Implementing Automation in the Library

A guide for librarians on how to efficiently and effectively implement technology to automate library tasks and improve access to resources

Effective Library Automation: Managing Technology and Resources

A guide to managing and utilizing technology and resources effectively to improve library automation processes and services.

Library automation refers to the use of technology to automate various tasks and processes in a library, such as cataloging, circulation, and information retrieval. This can include using computer systems to manage the library’s collection, automate circulation procedures, and provide access to digital resources. Library automation can also include the use of self-checkout machines and automated materials handling systems, such as automated storage and retrieval systems. The ultimate goal of library automation is to improve efficiency, accuracy, and access to library resources.

Cataloging and classification

Automated systems for organizing and classifying library materials, such as books, journals, and digital resources.

Circulation management

Automated systems for tracking and managing the lending and borrowing of library materials.

Information retrieval

Automated systems for searching and retrieving information from the library's collection, including online databases and digital resources.

Self-service and remote access

Automated systems that allow users to check out materials, renew items, and access digital resources remotely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Library automation is the use of technology to automate tasks and processes in a library, such as cataloging, circulation, and information retrieval.
Library automation can improve efficiency, accuracy, and access to library resources. It can also help to reduce costs and improve the overall user experience.
Common features of library automation systems include cataloging and classification, circulation management, information retrieval, self-service and remote access, and reporting and analytics.
To implement library automation in your library, you will need to evaluate your specific needs and budget, research and select an appropriate system, train staff and users, and plan for ongoing maintenance and support.
Library automation can provide users with improved access to library resources and self-service options, making it easier and more convenient to find and borrow materials.
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