The use of computers and associated peripheral media such as magnetic tapes, disks, optical media etc. and utilisation of computer-based products and services in the performance of library functions is know as library automation. The utilisation of computer and related techniques make the provision to provide the right information to right reader at the right time in a right form in a right personal way. Automation of library activities provides the services very rapidly, effectively, adequately and economically.
This book provides an overview of library computerisation, the underlying technologies, design and types of automated systems, standards, implementation process, management and some predictions. For information scientists, library professionals, students, and anyone dealing with issues of automation in the library or information retrieval, this book is destined to become one of the most frequently consulted references.