Updating library automation
She has been a news writer for several newspapers and has written articles for a number of regional magazines.Castek received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a master's degree in library and information science.Mandarin M3 uses an elaborate, hierarchical security scheme that enables the librarian to assign levels of access for Cataloging, Circulation, OPAC and database maintenance features.Security in M3 is implemented using the M3 Group Editor module.As the use of computers and other technologies continue to be used to enhance services provided by a variety of industries, information providers, like libraries, are also automating in-house collections and resources.There are many benefits to automating the information available in libraries, both for the staff and users alike.Automation of the library allows for an improvement in the variety, amount and quality of materials that are available in the library’s collection.
Not only does this allow the librarian more time to dedicate to improving customer service, but it also makes the sharing of materials from location to location much easier and much more affordable.Group Editor creates, customizes and modifies the group permissions required to gain access to M3 functions.Groups are created with customized sets of parameters and privileges.Switching to an automated system allows libraries to add on features when they become available in the future, in stead of having to do a complete overhaul of their collections and cataloging methods.Jaclyn Castek is a freelance writer from Tampa, Fla.
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