Hey everyone! So I’m back at school, and back to doing blogs to help you learn about libraries, all that good stuff. A Library Management System, or Library System is simply a software management system that can help keep libraries in shape, just basic library housekeeping stuff. It has an important role in planning and implementing many library automation projects.
Library automation is more of a general term for ICT (Information and Communications Technologies), it’s a way to replace manual systems in a library system. There are multiple functions that a Library automation has, like: acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serials, management and reference. There’s also a thing called an Integrated Library System, where if the Library Management System shares a common database where it can perform all the basic functions of a library, then it’s an Integrated Library System. The general features of an ILS (Integrated Library System) are functional modules, operating systems, a database system, network architecture, user interface and a library automation standard.
A lot of libraries that are larger like state/national libraries, school libraries or council owned libraries would use an ILS to use things like: order and acquire, receive and invoice, catalogue, circulate, track and shelve materials. Whereas smaller libraries like private homes, or non-profit organizations (churches, house of prayer) wouldn’t have ILS because of the price to have these systems and will use a library computer system. A LCS has smaller functions for this smaller libraries compared to larger libraries who have more databases to use, an LCS has: catalogue, track circulation and a look into the inventory of a libraries assets.
More libraries are using cloud like systems, as well as LMS are upgrading to more cloud base options, LIBERO’s cloud services for LMS offer no upfront license cost, flat, per-user fee per-annum and seamless upgrades with maintenance and back-up services. It’s hosted at a local Australian-based data centre. There are many pros and cons with using cloud based systems in relation to the Library Management System, all of them valid in their own ways.