Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Jesus Tramullas (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Piedad Garrido (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 246
ISBN13: 9781466619128|ISBN10: 1466619120|EISBN13: 9781466619135|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1912-8


The advent of computers in libraries made library automation a hot topic in the 1980s and 1990s, but this focus has dropped off over time, leaving much library automation research outdated.

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape brings library automation back to the forefront of cutting-edge research. In today's age of Web 2.0 and social networking, libraries are entering the new Library 2.0 era, and this reference will present current and future librarians with the necessary new library automation research they will need to keep their institutions up-to-date in today's constantly changing technological environment.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative technologies on libraries
  • Integrated library systems
  • Library 2.0 services and products
  • Library 2.0 user information behavior
  • Library data visualization
  • Library Information Systems
  • OPAC 2.0
  • Semantic libraries and open data
  • Social networks on libraries 2.0
  • User interfaces for libraries and library systems

Reviews and Testimonials

Noting the increased importance of Web 2.0 in library services and the need to move beyond the classic model of library computerization, Tramullas and Garrido (information science and computers and systems engineering, U. of Zaragoza, Spain) assemble 10 articles by a group of scholars from Europe, South Africa, the US, and Singapore. The articles examine different aspects of the automation of libraries and OPACs 2.0 and the need to address the role, functions, and activities librarians should perform in the social digital library environment. Including chapters on tool applications, prototypes, interface analyses, proposals for analytic indicators, training environments, and XML, contributors discuss a new model for searching bibliographic information, a prototype for an OPAC that increases the user's interaction, the management of metadata tags in XML, integrating the Solr search engine into VuFind, the evolution of OPACs in Latin American countries towards 2.0 models, the possibilities of the semantic web, the difficulty of assessing the activity of users in Web 2.0, personal information management and Web 2.0, and education in the 2.0 environment.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

These 10 chapters edited by a professor and assistant professor of information science and computers and systems engineering at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, bring library automation back into the forefront of discussion, especially as it concerns Web 2.0 and social networking. The work is international in scope and includes chapters on the topics of creating rich and dynamic library catalogs, XML in library cataloging workflows, intelligent personal agents in Library 2.0 environments, library analytics in the Web 2.0 era, and Web 2.0 technology as a teaching tool.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

received his Masters in Computer Management from the Institute of Enterprise Directors IDE / CESEM. He has directed and developed funded research projects on information management in organizations, such as Coordinator of the Thematic Network on Digital Documents (founded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, 2004-2007), Member of the Information Resources Management in Organizations Research Group, Director of Digital Information Workshops & Summer Courses (Univ. of Zaragoza in Jaca, 2001-2010), Senior member of the Association for Computer Machinery ACM, IEEE Education Chapter, and International Society for Knowledge Organization ISKO, Author of numerous works on the implementation and development of computer tools in Information Management and Librarianship. Jesus Tramullas has authored the books: World Wide Web: Fundamentals, Navigation and Languages on the Global Information Network (1996), Introduction to Documatica, (1997), Information Retrieval on the Internet (2001), Libre Software for Information Services (2006), Trends in Digital Documents (2006). He has also lectured and spoken at numerous conferences, courses and seminars. View his weblog at: