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Automated Library Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107807D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism for automating check-in/check-out, inventory control and book location/identification services within a library. In today's libraries, some procedures are automated. There are still many functions that need human interaction. It is usual for people to scan though the book shelves and then misplace some books. It is a cumbersome job to place the books at the right location. Another problem in today's libraries is missing books. This is usually discovered at the time of the next inventory. In today's library environment it is advantageous for a system that is integrated/automated to do the following functions: o A mechanism to detect missing books in a timely fashion. o An automated check-in/check-out procedure that requires no human assistance.

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Automated Library Management System

       This article describes a mechanism for automating
check-in/check-out, inventory control and book
location/identification services within a library. In today's
libraries, some procedures are automated. There are still many
functions that need human interaction. It is usual for people to scan
though the book shelves and then misplace some books.  It is a
cumbersome job to place the books at the right location. Another
problem in today's libraries is missing books. This is usually
discovered at the time of the next inventory. In today's library
environment it is advantageous for a system that is
integrated/automated to do the following functions:
      o    A mechanism to detect missing books in a timely fashion.
      o    An automated check-in/check-out procedure that requires no
human assistance.
      o    An automated search/detection mechanism to locate books
within the library.
      o    A mechanism for easy reordering of misplaced books.

      By installing an electronic system, daily operations at a
library can be automated and conducted without human assistance. All
books and periodicals will be installed with an electronic micro-chip
that contains a unique ID for that item. This type of micro-chip
technology currently exists. This unique ID with the book
information, i.e., Title, Author, etc., would be maintained in the
computer database.

      Each book shelf would contain an electronic scanner that could
be used to identify each book that is on that book shelf.  These book
shelves can be scanned on daily basis and a report generated to
notify the librarian of misplaced books, or books that are missing.
The librarian could then check the tables, etc. for the missing
books.  If the books could not be found, then the books could be
assumed to be stolen.

      The process of check-in would be another bookshelf, where the
librarian would keep returned books.  A daily book scan would report
those books as out-of-place, and would be automatically checked in.
If the books are overdue, the fine can be recorded and the user's
card suspended until the books are returned.

      Check-out could expand on the existing technology.  A person
must pass through an arch when exiting the library. If the book is
unchecked-out, the arch sets off an alarm, which is...