What Is the Meaning of Library Automation?

By Melissa Smith

Not many years ago, libraries used card catalogs, typewriters, and manually assigned due dates. Library automation, an up-to-date method to help libraries and library patrons to effectively use library resources, is now streamlined because of computers and software.

Benefits

Through computer technology and software, library patrons have rapid and more user-friendly access to the latest information. They are also able to remotely access a library's collection.

Efficiency

With RFID chips in books, for example, patrons can check themselves out at a self-serve station, rather than having a librarian do it. Open source software also helps to connect catalogs of separate libraries and offer web-based searches.

Advantages

The Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom report of India states that advantages to automation include timely access to library materials and providing patrons with research skills.

Control

Library automation makes it easier for a library to know the status of its resources at any given moment. The process also helps to make better use of existing library services and staff.

Skills Building

Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University says automation helps librarians to better work with instructors on lesson plans and helps to produce students with information literacy skills.