This research work examines the Development of a multi-media library management system, using Heritage polytechnic, Eket as the case study. Multimedia library management system is an information technology system that enables students, lecturers and other researchers to be able to lend or borrow multimedia materials and textbooks from, the library electronically through the administration of the library management. Before the integration of this system in the library, several challenges has flawed the adequate management of the conventional library in the polytechnic, issues such as theft and loss of library materials, time consumption in the general process of textbook search by student and. lecturers, poor standard, form of mechanism being employed in cataloging of books by library staff etc. This new system after completion will basically bring the various challenges listed to rest thereby creating convenience, improved library and academic security. The primary source of material for this research was gotten from the Heritage polytechnic, Eket while the secondary source was gotten from the internet and other journals. Visual Basic .Net [Express Edition 9.0] was use in developing this application. Multimedia library management system is very useful for managing the surging number of demand of textbooks and. multimedia materials and .‘content in the library so as to eliminate the irregularities that do occur in the library.
1.0 Introduction A library is a building or room containing collection of books and periodicals or the collection of information, sources, resources and services. It is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual or group. In the more traditional sense, a library is a collection of books. The collection and sendees are used by people who choose not to or cannot afford to purchase an extensive collection themselves, who need material which no individual can reasonably be expected to have, or who require professional assistance with their research. However, with the collection of media other than books for storing information, many libraries are now also repositories and access point for maps, print or other documents and artwork on various storage media such as Laser Printers, Audiotapes, Video Discs (CD), Videotapes and Digital Video Discs (DVDs). Libraries may also provide public facilities to access CD-Rom (Compact Disc-Read only memory), subscription database and the internet. More recently, libraries are understood as extending beyond the physical walls of a building, including material accessible by electronic means, and by providing the assistance of librarians in navigating and analyzing tremendous amounts of knowledge with a variety of digital tools. This involves the use of shelves, book furniture’s and other materials in keeping of books in a particular order which grants easy access to any books of the reader’s choice. With the growing technology of our day libraries are becoming more than a building or just a collection of books in particular place, but electronics can now grant access to articles, books, journals etc in a computerized virtual library.