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University of Nebraska - Lincoln [email protected] of Nebraska - Lincoln Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal) Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln February 2014 The Pros and Cons of Library Automation in a Resource Challenged Environment: A Case Study of KNUST Library Henry Boateng University of Ghana , [email protected] Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang Michael Dzigbordi Dzandu Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Library and Information Science Commons Boateng, Henry; Agyemang, Franklin Gyamfi; and Dzandu, Michael Dzigbordi, "The Pros and Cons of Library Automation in a Resource Challenged Environment: A Case Study of KNUST Library" (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal) . 1061.
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1 Abstract The study sought to ascertain the challenges and benefits of library automation and to recommend how the challenges could be addressed. The study employed single case study techniques as the research design. Semi-structured interview was used for the data gathering. Data was qualitatively analysed using a thematic approach.It highlights retrospective conversion, lack of local experts, lack of trained staffs, unstable power supply, desert of job, attitudinal problems as the challenges confronting the library. The study also shows that as a result of automation, the library is faster and efficient than before in its operations. Keywords: Library automation, KNUST, Library financing, Challenges Introduction The evolution of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) has course a paradigm shift in every facet of life. Most organizations both public and private have adopted ICT in their operations. Libraries have also embraced the technology to manage, and deliver prompt information to their clients. According to Mohammed (2006), the inadequacy of traditional library services and tools in coping with the detailed requirements of identifying information pertinent to a given problem has forced libraries to automate their functional service areas. Against this background, Raiz (1992) observes that heavy influx of document added new dimension to users’ need. It is ICT which can ensure improved and quick service. For example, the manual work of housekeeping such as acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serial control, etc. can be done with greater speed and efficiency with no arrears or backlog kept pending (Raiz 1992). He argues that various factors have contributed to bringing change from conventional to automate library operations. Broadly speaking, the main reasons behind this change are: growth
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2 of document and new dimension of user’s needs. Suku and Mini (2005) observe that the factors necessitating automation of university libraries as explosion of knowledge resulting in numerous specializations and flow of almost non-stop information; inability of users to explore unlimited literature; wastage of enormous precious time in handling routine and repetitive library
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