Library Automation
Core Concepts and Practical Systems Analysis, 3rd Edition
by Dania Bilal
March 2014, 279pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-922-8
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This book covers not only the core concepts of library automation but also technologies like APIs that are reshaping library service.

Recent advances in technology such as cloud computing, recent industry standards such as RFID, bibliographic standards like RDA and BIBFRAME, the increased adoption of open source integrated library systems (ILS), and continued shift in users' expectations have increased the complexity of the decision regarding ILS for all types of libraries.

Recent advances in technology such as cloud computing, recent industry standards such as RFID, bibliographic standards like RDA and BIBFRAME, the increased adoption of open source integrated library systems (ILS), and continued shift in users’ expectations have increased the complexity of the decision regarding ILS for all types of libraries.

In a complete re-envisioning of the previous edition, Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries: A Microcomputer-Based Approach, Dania Bilal conceptualizes library automation in the Library Automation Life Cycle (LALC) that is informed by the systems development lifecycle (SDLC). She explains how the next-generation discovery services supported in the library services platforms (LSPs) provide a single point of access to library content in all types and formats, thereby offering a unified solution to managing library operations. The book covers methods of analyzing user requirements, describes how to structure these requirements in RFPs, and details proprietary and open-source integrated library systems (ILSs) and LSPs for school, public, special, and academic libraries. Up-to-date information is provided about ILS software installation and testing, software and hardware architecture such as single- and multi-tenant SaaS and Paas and IaaS, and usability assessment strategies for evaluating the ILS or LSP. The author concludes by describing what is likely coming next in the library automation arena.

Features

  • Addresses a key question: Should media centers and small libraries focus only on commercially available software, or would it be advantageous to choose open source software?
  • Provides an in-depth treatment of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC) and a six-phase systems analysis and design approach
  • Covers a wide range of topics, including open source software selection and evaluation, joining consortia, designing and developing in-house integrated automated library systems (ILS), usability principles and assessment methods, and project management
Dania Bilal is professor of information sciences at the School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Experienced in academic, school, and special libraries, she teaches courses in information systems design and implementation, human-computer interaction, research methods, and mining the Web. Her published works include two editions of Libraries Unlimited's Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries: A Microcomputer-Based Approach; Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory, coedited with Diane Nahl; and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Her research focuses on user information behavior; interaction with information systems such as Web search engines, digital libraries, and online catalogs; evaluation of these systems through usability assessment; and the design of interfaces from the users' perspectives. Bilal holds a masters' degree and doctorate in library and information studies from Florida State University.

Reviews

"Bilal’s book discusses all aspects of library automation, from gathering user requirements to system implementation to evaluating system use. . . . [A] welcome supplement to many of the textbooks that LIS students are required to purchase. . . . The information in this book is concise; it never becomes boring or difficult to read. . . . [A]n excellent addition to any introductory librarianship course."—VOYA, October 1, 2014

"The third edition of Dania Bilal’s Library Automation is a concise and well-organized introduction to library automation, focusing to a significant degree on workflow issues as well as technologies and situating automation within the framework of library management. It is written primarily for readers new to the information professions and has been designed to serve as an introductory text for a course on library automation or digital libraries. Its principal strength is its treatment of the planning processes associated with the installation of a new system or migration from an older system to a new one. . . . If your library supports a LIS educational program or a program for staff development, the third edition Bilal’s Library Automation is probably worth adding to the collection."—Technical Services Quarterly, September 1, 2015
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