Advantages of Automation
Why change is good
Greater access for students
Students will have greater access to the library’s catalog because the system is online. They will be able to access the catalog from any computer in the school and at home as well. Because the system is district-wide, our catalog records will be more consistent and allow students to search materials in any of our elementary libraries.
An automated system allows librarians to generate reports with great ease. These reports help with collection analysis, weeding, determining needs, and developing a budget based on needs.
Automation makes doing inventory much simpler. Librarians will be able to scan all the barcoded materials in their library directly into the automation system, creating a quick digital inventory.
Automation makes cataloging library materials much easier. It is often possible to simply import catalog records from book vendors or OCLC.