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Aklan SU eyes automated library system

BANGA, Aklan (20 September) -- The Aklan State University (ASU) Library in Banga is gearing towards automated library system in partnership with Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through its Korean Overseas Volunteer.

The Main Campus has already established an automated library system. The catalog module is a cataloging tool designed to make library work faster, easier and more efficient. The circulation module plays an important task, it assures rapid and accurate issuance, recording and checking on the return of several hundred books each day; administer the books reserved and others. Librarians are now considered as processors of information. Instead of looking for information about the books in stack, librarians and library clientele can access bibliographic records of the library through Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) terminals.

This system will replace the manual registration procedure of writing down the clientele information every time they visit the library. The information of the clientele will automatically appear upon swiping their bar-coded library cards in the computer terminal when they come in/out of the library. This module also helps determine how many visited/leave and clientele that are still in the library. At present the clientele barcodes are now being disseminated to the students.

The Library automation will succeed through the work performed by hardware, software, and the people. To date the total record of reference materials are 2765 titles and 3567 volumes and an estimate of 80% of the student and faculty data are now available at our new library system. The KOICA assisted project is projected to be operational on the 2nd half of 2007. (ASU-PME) [top]

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