Computerized Library System

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Chapter 1 THE PROBLEM AND REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE Change is the order of the world. It is change, particularly, developmental changes that have been key drivers in societal transformation at large. The presents stage of the society is that of information based knowledge society. Libraries are in existence ever since the recorded knowledge has started to be preserved for the future. Library are changing in response to changes in the learning and research environment and also changes in the expectations of library users these changes are evolutionary. The library serves as the heart of the university, pumping knowledge through all areas of universities life. It fuses information with real-life experiences. This is accomplished through resource…show more content…
In the new system, data can be spread within computer and then the required entry can be retrieved immediately through OPAC system in any format. Online Public Access Catalogue is an increasingly well-known piece of equipment in libraries. . Today, a large number of libraries have automated their operations and services using this technology to fulfill their users' needs. Public catalogue, which is an important service of the library, is not exceptional to computer technology. Computerized catalogue is termed as Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). It acts as an information retrieval system for the user. OPAC has revolutionized way to bibliographic information through search capabilities such as keyword searching, Boolean searching, truncation, proximity searching, and item identity number searching. These were not possible in the traditional catalogue. A large number of libraries are providing OPAC service to their users to find out their documents. In such a situation, the libraries should examine occasionally every so often, how much comfort the users feel with this service so that some initiatives could be taken timely to improve this…show more content…
ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGUE (OPAC) Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) contains all the bibliographic information of an information centre or we can say it is a gateway to information centre‘s collection. OPAC is the modern and flexible form of the catalogue, usually instantaneous and sophisticated access to any recorded information within a computer. Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS) defines OPAC as, “An acronym for online public access catalog, a database composed of bibliographic records describing the books and other Materials owned by a library or library system, accessible via public terminals or workstations usually concentrated near the reference desk to make it easy for users to request the assistance of a trained reference librarian. Most online catalogs are searchable by author, title, subject, and keywords and allow users to print, download, or export records to an e-mail account. ALA Glossary defines OPAC as, "A Computer based and supported library catalog (bibliographic database) designed to be accessed via terminals so that library users may directly and effectively search for and retrieve bibliographic records within the assistance of a human intermediary such as a specially trained member of the library

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