Application of Barcode Technology in Landmark University Centre for Learning Resources, Omu- Aran Experience

By Akanbi, Lawal M.; Bashorun, M. T. et al. | Library Philosophy and Practice, October 2018 | Go to article overview

Application of Barcode Technology in Landmark University Centre for Learning Resources, Omu- Aran Experience


Akanbi, Lawal M., Bashorun, M. T., Salihu, Usman A., Babafemi, Grace O., Sulaiman, Kabir, Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction

Landmark University (LMU) is located in Omu-Aran, Kwara State in Nigeria. It is a Private Christian University. It was founded by Dr. David Oyedepo who also is the Chancellor in 2011. The current Vice Chancellor is Professor Adeniyi Olayanju. The university motto is "Breaking New Grounds" and its website is http://lmu.edu.ng/. According to the Chancellor, Landmark University is a product of divine revelation. A proof which is believed to be evident in the peaceful ambiance around the campus characterized by a cool windy and friendly weather which supports the agrarian mission of the university; historical best time for ultra-modern infrastructure growth that rhymes and foster academic progressions in all disciplines, especially agriculture; and the inherent attractions of international best-rated scholars/academia who wield same visions and work in oneness toward its fruition. Among the ultra-modern infrastructure is a magnificent library known as Center for Learning Resources (CLR) that provides information needs to the community user for teaching, learning and research purposes (http://lmu.edu.ng/).

Barcodes have found varieties of applications in different fields, including libraries and information centers. Bar coding though relatively an old technology is one of the important steps in library automation and is still not widely used in libraries in Nigeria. Although the first commercial implementation of bar coding was for grocery distribution in 1970, the use of bar codes has grown enormously since (Milne, 2013). Barcode are useful at all stages of various operations; accurately identifying materials, tracking work in process, managing inventory, directing library circulation operations, and providing lifetime identification for materials and security. The benefits are enormous such as accurate information, real-time visibility, and a highly productive work force.

Computer technology has helped libraries to perform their jobs efficiently and to the ultimate satisfaction of their users. Computers have revolutionized the work culture of modern day libraries. The growth in number and variety of computer-based technologies are playing important role in the efficient working of a library (Vasishta & Dhanda, 2010).

Automating the library material handling process allows librarians to spend more time with the clientele, thus, increasing the 'user satisfaction'. Library automation is nothing but the use of automatic and semiautomatic data processing machines to perform traditional activities such as acquisition, cataloguing, circulation (Patil, Wadekar, Chikate & Joshi, 2006). It also means the application of computer and telecommunications technology to bibliographic control, database access, resource sharing and other electronic communication or transmission for the purpose of improving and enhancing services to library users (Erie 1 BOCES, 2012). The growth in the sheer mass of published information to be handled has also been offered as an explanation for the increased activity in library automation. Libraries use ICT to manage communication facilities, housekeeping operations, user's services, standardization and extension of library activities (Bhangu, 2013)

A barcode is a machine-readable representation of information that is formed by combinations of high and low reflectance regions of the surface of an object, which are converted to 1s and 0s. This definition includes both one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcodes (Kato, Tan & Chai, 2010). Barcode stored data in width and spacing of printed parallel lines. In other words we can say that barcode are series of black and white bars arranged in a pre-defined form to represent known coded information. A linear barcode is a binary code (1s and 0s). The line and space are of various thicknesses and printed in different combinations (Singh & Sharma, 2007).

A bar code is a piece of Automatic Identification Technology (Auto ID) that stores real time data. …

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