LibSys

LibSys is an integrated multiuser library management software, that caters to the needs of an advanced library and information professionals. It provides a tree structure system with each system comprising of several sub-systems having unmatchable depth in functionality.

It has a powerful and user-friendly WEB-OPAC along with Windows-based OPAC.

It runs on various platforms such as WINDOWS (95/98/NT/2000/XP), UNIX (various flavors), LINUXM, etc. Further, it adheres to standards such as MARC and Z39.50 that makes it suitable for cooperative networking and resource sharing.

The LibSys systems at a glance:
  • Acquisition System
  • Cataloguing System
  • Circulation System
  • Serial System
  • Article Indexing System
  • OPAC System

Acquisition System

It deals with approval and ordering of library materials, monitoring their receipt, invoice processing and accessioning. It also maintains expenditure and budget analyses under a variety of accounts/heads.

The Acquisition process consists of:

  • Selecting materials for a library;
  • Placing orders for the supply of books to be purchased;
  • Processing materials received as gifts;
  • Arranging for exchange of books;
  • Receiving the books in the library;
  • Accessioning them; and
  • Passing the bill for payment for the books purchased.

Cataloguing System

It provides online catalogues in various orders maintained in traditional libraries. Additionally, it makes available instant listings under a variety of searchable fields to suit the requirements of a modern reference center.

Other than data entry facility, the system has the additional facility to accept data in standard machine readable formats such as CCF (ISO-2709), MARC (ANSI-Z39.x), etc. This makes import/export of bibliographic data in standard exchange formats possible. The system provides facilities to generate bibliographies, current awareness services and selective dissemination of information (SDI). Multimedia files can be attached and viewed in OPAC, meeting the requirements of certain specific libraries.

Circulation System

It maintains up-to-date membership records as well as the latest status of the collection meant for circulation. It facilitates printing of bar-coded ID cards, along with an optional facility to attach member's photograph. It performs all the functions related to circulation, providing suitable checks at every stage. It also takes care of infrequent but routine functions such as bindery record management, books on display in the library, latest additions to the library, etc.

Serial System

It provides control of subscription of periodicals and subsequent monitoring of the scheduled arrival of individual issues.It maintains records of the budget sanctioned for serials under different categories, amounts spent, thus providing complete budgetary control. It also handles serials which are received gratis or in exchange.

Article Indexing System

It provides the facility to create and maintain a separate articles database. It facilitates special services such as SDI, listing of current articles, bibliographies, etc.

OPAC System

As the acronym suggests, it provides an Online Public Access Catalogue. The bibliographic databases can be accessed with printed indexes. The system includes a word-based search facility using Boolean operators that can narrow down a search to meet very specific needs. Additional features of this system are:

  • Periodic listing of recent additions to the library;
  • Members can find the materials checked-out to them; and
  • Reserve materials that are currently in circulation.

WEB-OPAC System

It is an optional module and provides an advanced GUI interface to enable searching of the library database through an industry standard Web browser having all the features of OPAC.