DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMPUTER BASED LIBRARY INDEXING SYSTEM. A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON COMPUTER SCIENCE
A library system is an information system that serves a population of users. The term “Information system” is normally used in situations where an organization is considered as a whole with respect to its information requirement and information utilization.
In a library environment, “indexing has remained the means of text and document identification. Comprehensively, indexing is a term, which is applied to many compilation and arrangement of text and documents which is either in alphabetical order, chronological or numerical order.
Igbinedion University Okada Library is a standard Library. The computerization of a standard library is the use of computer system to implement its manually based operations. However the introduction of computer systems with a view of proliferating information technology has gone a long way in extending its technological handshake to all spectrum of life.
Similarly, IMT Library is not left out. This project is embarked to improve this limitation such as security, accuracy and reliability of inventory and speed of service et cetera. The principal objective for this research work (project) is to identify a number of problems that are inherent with the use of manual method of indexing and cataloguing in IMT library. Hence, proffer solutions to the identified problem through computerization alternative.
1.1BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Computerization in IMT Library is seen as a special effort of this project work. However, computerized library indexing is a directed effort towards improving the existing system services and development of new services rather than just maintaining a “status quo”.
On the other hand, the introduction of computer systems as the height of computerization does jot only aim at replacing the manual method of library indexing and cataloguing system but equally aims at overturning all the inherent constraints that are associated with the use of manual system in IMT Library.
The cumbersome arrangement of text, document and other library materials which inhibits the speedy accessing of desired information and its solution requirements are the main focal point of this new system. Similarly, the structure and format of the index in this project work includes such mattes as the arrangement of the entries, the physical layout and sizes and styles of types which should be planned to provide maximum ease in scanning and discriminating among individual entries.