Barcode Technology In Library Essay

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Register to read the introduction… The Kentish Town branch of CAMDEN Public Library made the pioneering efforts for application of this technology in library and information service in 1972, which used the Plessey Light Pen System. Since then, this technology of automatic identification has been found wide acceptance in the libraries and information centers worldwide. Indian Libraries and information centers are also not far behind. Efforts are being made by various libraries such as B.B.Dixit Library, AIIMS, New Delhi; Space Application Center Library, Ahmedabad; Sri Jaicham Raja College of Engineering Library, Mysore; Anna University Library, Madras; Indian Institute of Technology Library, Mumbai, etc. This system is successfully working in American Center Library, New Delhi; British Council Division Library, New Delhi, …show more content…
The reference section is in charge of academic side of bringing readers and books together. The circulation section, on the other hand, is in complete charge of the mechanics of use of books by the readers. In this respect, it is the performance and attitude of the circulation section that largely makes or mars the reputation of the library. Well, before the details of barcode based circulation system is discussed, it is necessary to point out the pre-requisites of a good circulation system and study the difficulties experienced in the manual and computer based circulation systems. It is also necessary to fully appreciate the usefulness of barcode based circulation system.
PRE-REQUISITES OF A GOOD CIRCULATION SYSTEM Lightning speed and absolute accuracy should characterize the work, especially the issue work, of the circulation section. Speed is imposed by the forth law of library science, ‘Save the Time of Readers ‘. A good circulation system should answer most of the following
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BETTER SERVICES: With faster process and timely information, better services could be provided to the users.
OTHER BARCODE APPLICATIONS IN THE LIBRARIES Apart from accuracy, reliability and speed in circulation, there are many other applications of barcodes, which has been mentioned earlier. Once the system becomes functional the technology can be effectively applied in the work of stock verification, generating user statistics, periodical control, transfer of stack from reference to lending and vice versa, weeding out the collection and updating the records, providing location codes such as departmental library etc.
STOCK TAKING There are various methods available for stock taking or stock verification. The manual methods consume more time and more staff members are to be involved. Besides chances of error is very much and some time’s libraries are closed partially, if not fully. As a compelling need computers replaced the manual methods. But even with computerized stock verification the accession numbers are to be keyed into the computers. This approach has the same limitations as of circulation system. When barcodes are used for this purpose, the data entry is automatic, errorless, and saving in time is

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