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Library Automation Systems:
Integrated Library System (ILS) also know as a Library Management System (LMS)
is an enterprise resource planning system for the library, used to track items owned, orders made, bills paid, and patrons have borrowed.
This Wiki, will take a look at four systems in particular:
An ILS usually comprises of a relational database, software to interact with database, and two graphical user interfaces (one for patrons, one for staff).
Most ILSes separate software functions into discrete programs called modules, each of them intergrated with a unified interface.
Larger libraries use an ILS to order and acquire, receive and invoice, catalog, circulate, track and shelve materials. Smaller libraries, such as those in private homes or non-profit organizations (like churches or synagogues, for instance), often forgo the expense and maintenance required to run an ILS, and instead use a library computer system.
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