Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation

Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation

Edward Iglesias (Central Connecticut State University, USA)
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Release Date: April, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 260
ISBN13: 9781466639386|ISBN10: 1466639385|EISBN13: 9781466639393|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3938-6


In recent years, automation has played a vital role in library systems that handle tasks of acquisition, cataloging, serials, and circulation. The automation of these operations has, in turn, minimized the demand for human interaction.

Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation provides an overview on the current state of library automation, addresses the need for changing personnel to accommodate these changes, and assesses the future for academic libraries as a whole. This book is essential for library leaders, technology experts, and library vendors interested in the future of library automation and its impact on the decline of human interaction in libraries.

Topics Covered

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

  • Circulation
  • Collection management
  • Integrated Library System
  • Inter-Library Loan
  • Library Automation
  • Open Source
  • Public Interface Design

Reviews and Testimonials

Library, information, and computer scientists, mostly in the US but with a voice from Brazil, sift through those tasks at libraries that can be reduced to algorithms and so assigned to machines, and those that require skills only humans can be expected to acquire over the next generation or so of both humans and machines. Their topics include the inevitability of library automation, a short history with recent trends of automation and collection management, the myth that information and library science has to be stressful, the development of academic library automation in Brazil, maximizing technology to minimize risk, and lending and borrowing library materials.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

In summary, the volume helps to lay groundwork for thinking about the present and future of technology in libraries. With no area of the library left unaffected by robots, we are now left to reinvent how we do things and what opportunities we can seize. Librarians and IT professionals will benefit from the volume. Recommended.

– Brian Doherty, Dean of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, New College of Florida

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Edward Iglesias was born in Laredo, Texas and lived there much of his life. The environmental bias caused by living in a bilingual, bicultural society has permanently affected his outlook on life. As a result he is drawn to subjects that don’t easily fit description or are a blend of many things. His latest book Robots in Academic Libraries is a good example as the field of library automation and technology is always in flux. After leaving Laredo, Mr. Iglesias taught English at various colleges in Houston before deciding to venture into the world of libraries by getting his MLIS at the University of Texas. From there he quickly settled into academic libraries and has worked in the field ever since. Currently Mr. Iglesias is researching the role of maker spaces in libraries as a way for libraries to continue to be relevant and provide communities of creation for their users.