DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ONLINE LIBRARY SERVICES SYSTEM
library can be defined as a room or building where books are kept and
referenced. It is an area of multifarious activity on book management. A
library as a repository of knowledge, houses collections of books, both
reference and general, technical reports, periodicals, journals,
conference proceedings and the likes.
Consequently, truth and
knowledge can be found and acquired from the library through the
aforementioned sources. The information contents of any of the
collections can be recorded on microfilms, audiotapes, microchips and
other materials traditionally kept in the library, which is charged with
the responsibility of acquiring, organizing, maintaining, and judicial
circulation of the books and other library materials through the various
sections of the library, for efficient use of the library by the users.
acquisition, cataloguing, bindery and circulation sections of the
library undertake the acquiring, organizing, maintaining and circulation
of the books/library materials respectively. When the library through
the acquisition section of the library acquires a book, its record is
taken and accession number is given to the book after which the book
will be sent to cataloguing section of the library. Under this section,
the book will be carefully studied and given catalogue number before it
will be sent to circulation section of the library as the case may be.
The circulation section is responsible for circulation or distribution
This section also arranges the consulted books in the shelves.
are other sections like reference section, which provides reference
questions and bibliographic service, and serial section where
periodical, journals and related materials are kept. The library also
houses special collections and also operates circulation control in
which books are lent to users. In fact it is indeed a place of
multifarious activities on book management.
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
human endeavors, there are a lot of developments, researches, and
discoveries, which result in multifarious production of publications and
library materials. These have brought increase in complexity of library
system and its operations.
Based on these, a number of problems are facing the library systems, which include:
- Unnecessary delay in library processes.
- High cost of staff recruitment and maintenance.
- Error prone operations/processes.
- Inefficiency in library operation.
- Too many paper work and replication of data on multiple pieces of paper.
- Unreliable card catalogue system.
- Mutilation of books by students i.e. students tear/hide books.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
is hardly any aspect of human endeavor that is today not being assisted
by computerization. The objective of this project: Design and
Implementation of Online Library Services System with a reference to
Caritas University Library. The application program developed in this
research essentially monitors and keep records of the individual book
movement together with the operations going on in various sections of
the library particularly concerned with book control. These operations
include book lending, returning of the borrowed books, reservation of
books, acquisition processes, registration of users and other related
activities in Library management system.
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