Libraries and the Cloud

          The cloud is a genious idea, with what you can put online and be able to recieve it on another device is helpful for those who work on the road (like myself when I want to write a story on Google Docs or Dropbox if I’m away from my computer). Libraries will tend to rely on the cloud sometimes, especially as they become more modern and keep up to date with the current technology. Reading the abstract of Shifting to the Cloud: Reshaping Library Technology Infrastructure by Marshall Breeding, spoke about the cloud and libraries and how much it has evolved into something much more.

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The Future of LMS

          On the topic of Library Management Systems (something I’ve spoken about before, right here), the question is what is the future of said systems. A lot of libraries are rethinking their management systems and they’re trying to shape it into the 21st century, with a lot of libraries looking at how they can work along with modern technology (with some libraries offering free wifi, borrowing a tablet while in the library, using computers, allowing to bring their own computers, etc.) and provide their users with the best. Libraries are transitioning from older models to more current new ones.

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RFID Tags and their relationships to libraries

         RFID tags is really something I only learnt last week, which is interesting enough to myself because I’ve seen them a lot. RFID tags look like this, or at least that’s the one I know I’ve seen but RFID tags can also look like this, that’s an RFID tag next to a grain of rice (spoilers for people who looked at the image and not clicked on the link. I always wondered, whenever I went to a library they have self-service borrowing stations (I think they implemented this because of the traffic to the borrowing desk, but most libraries I’ve visited at least has one of these stations; so whenever I went into a library, got some books to look at to borrow I would go up to these stations and borrow and it’d borrow them all in a zap. Thank you whoever invited these, because you at least made my anxiety, moderately calm.

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Discovery Search Layer

          You’re probably thinking “Melissa, what’s a discovery search layer?” or something along the words, who knows I don’t speak for you. But I’m here to tell you what it is, because I have to… ah, the wonders of school blogs. So, what is a ‘discovery search layer’, it’s essentially a normal search system that patrons can use while searching, but it provides additional searches to obtain the thing they really need.

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Library searches

          I have to use OPAC, also I have to catch up on blog post assignments too so this’ll be fun, and it’ll be fine. Everything will be okay! I am listening to my ambient sounds playlist on Spotify (it includes the tones of video game soundtracks, movie soundtracks and general ambient/non-words music), it’s great, give it a listen! Now onto pressing matters, like a libraries OPAC system.

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Library Management System

          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.

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Genre Shelving

          In libraries, most of them go via the Dewey Decimal System which is simple enough you have numbers between 000 and 999, you can find them in the non-fiction area and they’ll have pointers as to what is what. In the fiction area they go by how many that author will have and the first three initials of their last name, so say I have a book in a library it’d be under ‘TAY 005’ that means that the start of my last name is TAY and that I have 5 books with that library already, though sometimes it might be different as there is another person who has written books that has the same three initials then most libraries would move them so they’d be ‘TAY 032’ in case I or someone else whoever got the first five already and they tend to write more.

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