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1st Edition

Computers in Libraries

ISBN 9780789021519
Published May 25, 2006 by CRC Press
212 Pages

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Book Description

Keep pace with the constant technological changes you face every day as a library technician

Computers in Libraries examines the impact of integrated library management systems, digital resources, and the Internet on the functions and operations of library technicians and assistants. The book provides a practical understanding of library system software, networks, online information and access, portals, open URL linking, and the fusion of digital and print collections. Each chapter opens with definitions of the most commonly used terms and closes with review questions for classroom use, making it equally valuable as a textbook and as a professional resource for updating work skills.

The roles of library technicians and assistants have changed dramatically in the past twenty years as computers have transformed every area of day-to-day library operations. And nowhere have those changes been more obvious than when dealing with online data that hasn’t undergone the same quality control and selection processes traditionally used with library resources. As ordering and cataloging processes have been streamlined, and reference and research services have been turned into twenty-four hour help centers, Computers in Libraries is a practical guide to keeping pace with the changes you face—every day, in every aspect of your work.

Computers in Libraries examines:

  • how computers work
  • Internet protocols and applications
  • integrated management system structure and administration
  • acquisitions financial management
  • online cataloging standards
  • circulation parameters and policies
  • course reserves
  • serials control
  • the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)
  • resource sharing standards
  • searching online databases
  • creating online content
  • digital libraries and electronic publishing
  • bibliographic standards and practices
Computers in Libraries is an important resource for library professionals striving to stay a step ahead in their field and for students who will need to be up to speed on the technological aspects of library work.

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Computers
  • Terminology
  • Types of Computers
  • How Computers Work
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 2. The Internet
  • Terminology
  • Internet Protocols and Applications
  • Accessing the Internet
  • The Internet in Libraries
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 3. Integrated Library Management Systems
  • Terminology
  • System Structure
  • System Administration
  • Management and Statistical Information
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 4. Acquisitions
  • Terminology
  • Acquisitions Process
  • Claim and Cancel Orders
  • Financial Management
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 5. Cataloging
  • Terminology
  • The Online Catalog
  • Online Cataloging Standards
  • Bibliographic Utilities
  • Catalog Records
  • Cataloging Workflow
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 6. Circulation
  • Terminology
  • Circulation Overview
  • Circulation Records
  • Circulation Parameters and Policies
  • Circulating Material
  • Holds, Requests, or Reservations
  • Course Reserves
  • Inventory
  • Equipment and Media Booking
  • Circulation Statistics
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 7. Serials
  • Terminology
  • Serials Control
  • Types of Serials
  • Serial Records
  • Checking in Serials
  • Claiming
  • Binding
  • Routing
  • Electronic Serials Management
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 8. The Online Public Access Catalog
  • Terminology
  • The Web OPAC
  • Searching and Indexing
  • Portals: Linking Beyond the OPAC
  • Security and Access
  • Digital Libraries
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 9. Resource Sharing
  • Terminology
  • Resource Sharing Standards
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Consortial Borrowing
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 10. Information Searching
  • Terminology
  • Types of Databases
  • Searching Online Databases
  • Searching the World Wide Web
  • Searching Multiple Online Resources
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 11. Computer Skills and Competencies
  • Terminology
  • Computer Skills
  • Online Searching Skills
  • Creating Content for the World Wide Web
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 12. Future Directions
  • Personal Computers
  • Networking and the Internet
  • Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing
  • Integrated Library Management Systems
  • Bibliographic Standards and Practices
  • Beyond the OPAC
  • Online Searching
  • Reference Services
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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