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Library Automation and Digitisation

By Professor Uma Kanjilal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has brought about drastic changes in the day to day functioning of libraries. Technological aids have been used in libraries to facilitate and enhance the library services as and when they are introduced. In the late 1800s the typewriters revolutionalised the working of the of the libraries. Introduction of the microcomputers brought about a transition from manual systems to automated systems in housekeeping operations of the libraries. The library collections have also changed over the years. More and more multimedia resources are getting added in the library collection. Another major trend is towards digitisation of the collection and building digital repositories. 
This course introduces you to the concepts of library automation and digitisation.

Objectives of the Course:

The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the following aspects:

automation of housekeeping operations with special reference to open source library automation software Koha;
rendering of computerised services;
different types of media resources and their preservation and maintenance;
need and purpose of digitisation;
processes, methods and equipments used for digitising; and
developing digital library using open source DSpace software.


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
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Level : Diploma


Week 1

Module 1: Library Automation: An Introduction

Module 2: Evolution of Library Automation: A Saga of Five Decades

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

Week 1 - Quiz 1

Week 1 - Quiz 2

Week 2

Module 3 - ILSs in India: Categories and Evaluation

Module 4: Procedural Model of Library Automation

Presentation 3

Presentation 4

Module 5: Library Automation: Functional and System-Level Requirements

Presentation 5

Week 2 - Quiz 3

Week 2 - Quiz 4

Week 3

Week 3 - Quiz 5

Week 3 - Quiz 6

Week 4

Week 4 - Quiz 7

Week 5

MARC 21 Based Cataloging an Introduction

MARC 21 Cataloguing in Practice Bibliographic and Authority Data Management_1

Library Automation WorkFlow Aquisition and Series Control

Library automation WorkFlow Circulation and MIS

Week 5 - Quiz 8

Week 5 - Quiz 9

Week 6

OPAC and Enhanced OPAC

ILS Administration

Major Trend and Future of Library Automation

Week 6 - Quiz 10

Week 7

Open Access to Information

Self Archiving

Week 8


Digital Library Software and Evaluation Criteria


DSpace Administration

Week 8 - Quiz 11

Week 8 - Quiz 12

Week 9

DSpace Administration: DSpace User

DSpace Administration: DSpace User (2)

Metadata Standards and Interoperability

Dublin Core

Week 9 - Quiz 13

Week 10

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Week 11

Membership Subscription and Submission

Lucene Search Engine

Persistent Identifiers in DSpace





Prof. Uma Kanjilal is a Professor of Library and Information Science in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Director, Inter University Consortium. She has 27 years of teaching experience in IGNOU.

Prof. Kanjilal was Fulbright scholar in the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA in 1999-2000 where she worked on multimedia and web based courseware development. Her area of specialization includes: e- learning, multimedia courseware development, and digital libraries.