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OPEN SOURCE LIBRARY SOFTWARE KOHA: A CASE STUDY OF INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
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                                                                      ABSTRACT

 

 The study presents the status of automation of library module  in college/university . A properly computerized library will help its user with quick services. Library automation refers to mechanization of library housekeeping operations predominantly by computerization. Object of this study. To develop and update database of books in the university. Implement automated system using koha library integrated open source software to carry out the functions of the circulation section more effectively to provide various search option to know the availability of books in the library and generate the list of books due by the particular member and also overdue charges. Koha is an integrated software system with required models for small to very large libraries. Being an open source any library wanted to go for automation for their library housekeeping operations can make use of this software.

 

Introduction

Library is a growing organism. Automation is a technique to make a system automated, i.e. self service. A properly computerized library will help its user with quick and prompt predominantly by computerization. Thus library automation means the application of machines to perform different routines, such as repetitive and clerical job involved in the function and services of the libraries. Before the birth of computer other type of machines were used for automating the library functions. Now the computers have become capable of introducing in operations, processes, techniques and methods of library.

Library automation is concerned with managing controlling and automating library collection, activities and services in an automated library, computers are used in most of the activities, such as acquisition, cataloguing, circulation control and periodical management. Library automation not only does housekeeping activities but it also provides the current and relevant information to the user, according to their demands. Since the advent to the term automation in 1936, plethora’s of definitions are found in library literature. Sometimes the terms mechanization and automation looked overlapped. Automation is the name gives to an automation system of working

 

Institute Of Engineering & Technology library Case study The term Information Technology is made of two separate terms information and Technology where Information is the power and refers to fact and opinions provided and received during the course of daily life. This paper provides information of application of the Koha integrated library system in LR Institute library as a means to acquire, store, transmit, retrieve and process information for its students and staff. It also describes various challenges faced by library staff in implementing this software. The institute is just four years old, but it has been amazingly successful in attracting a number of students for the course of Engineering. Presently the Institute is running 5 full time courses. The institute is administered by the Education Trust. The library is using Koha : Integrated library System for automating its library resources and services. The library holds the details of more than 8200 books and serves 1086 students.

 

Methodology

 The methodology used for the present study Open source software: Koha, Newgenlib, Evergreen, Mysql replication database dumps using the mysql dump utility on the hardware level, the production system utilizes a two disk raid 1 configuration for data redundancy in the event of signal disk hardware failure. The system partitions use the file system, which provide another point of data redundancy. Statement of problem The present study aims to implementation of library Automation for the Institute Of engineering & Technology. Implementation of Automation Library management system in the L R Institute Of engineering & Technology using Koha open source software. Planning for automation using Koha  1. Initial investment and recurring expenditure as the maintenance cost of software. 2. Time required for installation and data entry job. 3. Sufficient training for staff. 4. Testing of automation system by library staff. Design and Implementation of koha Software

  1. KOHA LOGIN SCREEN

 

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Once we have completed the login, we come to the main page.

  1. HOME PAGE OF KOHA

Home page of Institute of Engineering & Technology so all the modules are available this front page circulation, patrons information, search for all catalogues, Reports, koha administrations link, tools, about koha for all links available for the home page.

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  1. ADMINISTRATION

 

 The Koha Administration page ( Figure 3) shows various system parameters. It allow us to difne different parameters for the functioning of Koha library branches, item types, the categories of borrowers, the charges taken for the different types. System preferences is the most important module of Koha. It deal with administration and maintenance part of Koha. Only Librarian, Admininstrator or person of smilar designation can hold access right to this module.

 

 

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CONCLUSION

 

 Library automation by open source system are vital but with a very few application. Compared to the thousands of libraries that acquire automation systems from commercial vendor each year, the handful the use open source system cannot yet be noted as a trend. Koha has been attracting interest from many libraries throughout the world but in India only a handful of libraries using Koha to the best of our knowledge. Koha open source software system for the automation of major day-to- day activities of the institute of Engineering & Technology, which is tiresome and cumbersome. After the investigation, the researcher has found that Koha software is more suitable for the library automation. This project had the basic objective of designing a bibliographic database for the institute of Engineering & Technology with which the automation of circulation routines is carried out. From this point of view it may be concluded that Koha is a useful package for the creation of a database and for information retrieval. On the other hand the ever-rising needs and expectations of library professionals have given a through challenge automation software vendors. Approximately all ILs software offers the same module for all type of libraries , ignoring the aspect of library collection, user and services, but open source ILs software comes with core functional modules, such as online catalogue, circulation, cataloguing with choice of limiting parameters format . The open source model of ILS software like Koha s can provide an attractive alternative for libraries, if only its ideals can be realized and things could change very quickly. To evaluate commercial and Koha open source ILs software for their own merits in features, proven reliability, support and vision


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