August 2, 2016 / robm
The use of the brick-and-mortar library for research and learning purposes has been on the decline since 2003. Parallel to this is the rise of the popularity of online library catalogs which accelerated in 2012. Even teachers are doing their research electronically through online libraries. Still, purchasing and implementing an online library catalog through a library automaton system is not an easy task. This article gives 14 aspects to consider before obtaining one, including security, usability, and diversity in access. Read on for more. – Cora Llamas
For some time school districts have relied on library automation systems to catalog and circulate their book collections. In the past few years, however, this software has played an even larger role in supporting teaching and learning. No longer just automating processes once done by hand, library systems have morphed into full-search resource portals. The latest offerings typically let school librarians index Web sites, add related Web links to book records, provide patrons with home access to the library catalog, and many other features that secure the position of the library media center as the research hub of any school.