Software Adoption and Use by Libraries

Software Adoption and Use by Libraries

Adeyinka Habdulhakeem Oshilalu
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8942-7.ch014
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This chapter is an insight into the adoption and use of software in the operations and services rendered by libraries across the world. It shows that library software is an essential ingredient in the operations of libraries of the present age. The chapter described the various types of software that are adopted and used by libraries of all types. The chapter also highlighted some of the features of library software. The chapter encourages libraries to do a background study on any form of library software before adoption or use in order to get the best of productivity from the library.
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Library Software Use

Software is an engine that drives the operations of modern activities and it serves as the basis for modern scientific investigation and research outlook. The adoption and use of software also serves as the main distinguishing factor between the modern-day libraries and the conventional libraries. The adoption and use of software is visible in virtually in all aspect of modern day library; collection development, collection processing, collection management, collection sharing and host of every bit of activities in libraries in this age has adopted the use of one software or the other to make the operation more effective, functional and attractive as the case may be. Pressman (2004) postulated that software is virtually inescapable in a modern world and he predicted that it will become the driver of new advances in everything from elementary education to generic engineering in the twenty-first century.

Much like other professions, the library and information centers has adopted the use of several software to proof that it is indeed a growing organism that can dance to the turn of age and time. Library mode of operation is changing and it is indeed changing for good. Users of modern libraries now have quicker and faster access to needed resources compared to previous age when users have no choice than to settle for the manual process offered by the then libraries. The adoption and use of software in libraries has indeed brought about a paradigm shift in library operation and services. Juxtaposing this, Muller (2011) posited that the advent of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has really upgraded the quality of services rendered by libraries of all types.

Library software serves much like a door that see both the inside and the outside concurrently; software adopted for use in library services the interest of both the library administrator(s) and the users at the same time. It could be referred to as a product (input) that drives the wheels of delivering another product (output). As a product at the input level, the library adopts it use to simplify the various services required to satisfy the needs of their esteemed users and at the output stage is the point at which the software is put to use by the users. At the input stage, software receives instructions to process and manage information from the library and disseminate processed information to users in form of end-product (output).

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