Design And Implementation Of An Online Library Management System
Library management system is a project which aims in developing a computerized system to maintain all the daily works of library.This project has many features which are generally not available in normal library management systems like facility of user login and a facility of admin login through which the admin can monitor the whole system.It also has facility of an online notice board where teachers and student can put up information about workshops or seminars being held in our colleges or nearby colleges and librarian after proper verification from the concerned institution. Organizing the seminar can add it to the notice board. It has also a facility where student after logging in their accounts can see list of books issued and its issue date and return date and also the students can request the librarian to add new books by filling the book request form. The librarian after logging into his account i.e. admin account can generate various reports such as student report, issue report, teacher report and book report. Overall this project of ours is being developed to help the students as well as staff of library to maintain the library in the best way possible and also reduce the human efforts. The Programming language used in developing this application software is Visual Basic.net 2012. It runs in Windows 98 to Latest windows 10.
This chapter gives an overview about the aim, objectives, background and operation environment of the system.
1.1 Background Of The Study
Library Management System is an application which refers to library systems which are generally small or medium in size. It is used by librarian to manage the library using a computerized system where he/she can record various transactions like issue of books, return of books, addition of new books, addition of new students etc.Books and student maintenance Modules are also included in this system which would keep track of the students using the library and also a detailed description about the books a library contains. With this computerized system there will be no loss of book record or member record which generally happens when a non computerized system is used.In addition, report module is also included in Library Management System. If user’s position is admin, the user is able to generate different kinds of reports like lists of students registered, list of books, issue and return reports.All these modules are able to help librarian to manage the library with more convenience and in a more efficient way as compared to library systems which are not computerized.
1.2 Statement Of The Problems
The problems found in the Library during Library operation was so much that there were cases where books got missing, if it is not stolen by the student it may be stolen by the staff, part of some books were turn, manual issuing of books and cards, Unidentification of Books in its shelf, time required to record as well as presenting an Information and also the cost of purchasing books, News paper and Journals and Magazines, uneasy returning of books to the library.
Lack of effectiveness in their methods of record keeping, further compounds the problem.
1.3 Objective Of The Study
The project aims and objectives that will be achieved after completion of this project are discussed in this sub chapter. The aims and objectives are as follows:
- To resolve book issue
- To Request column for librarian for providing new books
- To create A separate column for digital library
- To provide Student login page where student can find books issued by him/her and date of return.
- To provide A search column to search availability of books
1.6 Significance Of The Study
The significance of this study was to help and give a benefit to the concerned group below.
This study will be beneficial to the following:
Students and Staff:
Through computerized library system, they can easily find the books that they are looking for without going through the traditional way of searching a library material. Convenience is more visible for it is not time-consuming, resulting to a number of accomplished works.
The computerized library system would improve the monitoring capacities of those who maintain the library. It would be easier to determine whether a particular book is on-shelf or not. In addition, they can easily identify when will the borrowed material be returned and if a borrower has failed to return the book on its due date.Furthermore, the librarian would be much guided when it comes to recognizing new inventory books, letting them arrange it promptly and accordingly.
1.7 Limitation Of The Study
- Unavailability of academic materials.
- Transport problem
- Lack of financial support
- Lack of Time
- Unavailability of programming software such as Visual Basic 6, and .Net.
1.9 Scope Of The Study
This research work will concentrate on Master entry (i.e. Department, course, student registration, etc…), Users (Registration and login details), Serial control, Transaction, records, tools and about menu which includes handling of some queries like; updating library record, deleting library record and searching for student and staff information via Rank, Department or ID as the case may be. It is a case study of Spring Light Technology Library, Akwa Ibom State.
1.8 Assumption Of The Study
During the process of data collection, information relating to Library Management System was obtained from IBOM E – LIBRARY. The information was collected from the admin staff during the course of my industrial attachment. Hence, it is assumed that all the data collected are correct and contains no false information.
1.8 Definition Of Terms
It is a department in an organization that deals with keeping tracks of book issued, returned and added to library.
It is the co-ordination of all the resources of an Organization through the process of planning, Organization, directing and controlling
Physical component of a computer that is used to perform certain task.
Numbers, Text or image which is in the form suitable for storage in or processing by a computer, or an incomplete Information.
A meaning full material derived from computer data by organizing it and Interpreting it in a specified way.
Data entered into a computer for storage or processing.
Information produced from a computer after processing.
A set of interrelated components that collect (or retrieve), process, store and distribute information to support decision making and control in an organization.
Library Management System:
A library management system, also known as an automated library system is software that has been developed to handle basic housekeeping functions of a library.
Computer is an electronic device that accepts data as Input, processes data and gives out information as output to the user.
Software is set of related programs that are designed by the manufacturer to control the hardware and to enable the computer perform a given task.
Hardware is a physical part of a computer that can be touched, seen, feel which are been control by the software to perform a given task.
Database is the collection of related data in an organized form.
Programming is a set of coded instruction which the computers understands and obey.
Technology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use technical and their interrelation with life, society and the environment, drawing upon such as industrial art, engineering, applied science and pure science.
A set of logic rules determined during the design phase of a data matching application. The ‘blueprint’ used to turn logic rules into computer instructions that detail what step to perform in what order.
The final combination of software and hardware which performs the data matching.
Data matching database:
A structured collection of records or data that is stored in a computer system.
The proactive identification and correction of data quality issues which affect an agency’s ability to effectively use its data.
The quality of correctness, completeness and complain with the intention of the creators of the data i.e ‘fit for purpose’
The process of an individual to enroll aith an agency. Involves the initial collection of identifying details.
Summary, Conclusion And Recommendations
In summary, this Academic Work project has done a great deal of giving a broad knowledge of what Library database management system is all about. It went as far as highlighting the works of Library database system.
From this Academic Work, I have been able to show the application of database management system(Library Management System) and how it can be used, it has achieve the full aim of letting the public know what computer system is all about.
I hereby recommend this Academic work to be used by staff and management of ……. and indeed any other Institution with similar structure and organizational framework for the following reasons:
- The academic work has been able to solve the problem related to easy access of Library information.
- It has helped to issued out cards, giving report and knowing the number of books stored and borrowed in the library.
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