Library Management System (LMS)

Yesterday we presented a suit of over 15 optional courses that will be on offer at BHS within the bachelor’s programme next year.

My colleague, Yoshiko, and I were there to present a course called Library Management System (LMS) in which all aspects of LMS are covered. In that course, we start by defining what these systems are and then cover many issues such as a historical overview, the LMS marketplace nationally and internationally, LMS sub-systems and functionality, technical issues and standards, LMS users of many types, LMS management, also how LMS can support managerial decisions, as well as various related theoretical perspectives and discussions, and much more.

To adequately address all these, and in the duration of a short course, we are taking advantage of many different teaching tools and pedagogical ideas to make the course a dynamic and rich experience for all involved. Not only the contents of the course provide a broad international view of these systems, the experiences of the international people involved in the course also add a sense of real-life understanding of LMS situation in an international arena. Needless to say that I personally find the topic fascinating and very useful, so I am very excited to be a part of this course.

While Yoshiko and I were waiting for our slot in which to present this course to the students, we got a chance to listen to those presentations that came before us. As I listened I heard other colleagues each competently present a different topic and a whole new set of thoughts.

When I left the session my head was buzzing with lots of fascinating questions:

–    Yes!, why do some children read and like reading while others don’t? How can we find the answer to this?

–    How do we know whether a library is doing well or not? What actual tool are there to help us answer such questions?

Or

–    What does actually happen between the moment that I type in a word on a search engine such as Google, and the microsecond later when I am bombarded with pages and pages of relevant answers to my query? How does the computer know what I am after and how can it find all the answers for me?

The presentations yesterday, certainly whetted my interest in all these areas. I left the presentations uplifted and wished I could have the luxury to be a student again and attend all these courses. For now, I instead hope to see many of the students that were there yesterday, next year, in the LMS course to see what can we achieve together in extending the understanding of library management systems which are today a core in all activities within a library.

If you like to find the answers to any of the following questions, then the LMS course might be something for you too!

–          What is a library management system really?

–          Is it only used for searching in the library catalogue and borrowing transactions or is there more to an LMS?

–          How many different LMSs are out there, why so many?

–          Are there any differences between different system, what, why?

–          What are currently the cutting edge bits an pieces within these systems and what trends are likely to continue in the near future?

–          How do libraries go about choosing a system, are they doing it right, is there a right way? What are the consequences of doing it in different ways?

–          How can I keep updated with all the technical advances and the marketplace?

–          What job opportunities might open up to me if I take this course?

 

Nasrine Olson, Bibliotekshögskolan

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