Purpose – The “advanced loans” module of the relatively new library software, ABCD, is an addition to the normal loans module and it offers a “generic transaction decision‐making engine” funtionality. The module requires extra installation effort and parameterisation, so this article aims to explain to the many potentially interested libraries, especially from the target‐group of ABCD users, why and how to use the module in comparison with the basic loans module. Design/methodology/approach – After a brief history the technical concepts of the software and the required technical skills to use them are described. Findings – The article concludes that for libraries with specific conditions (external user registration, high transactional volumes, multi‐policy) the extra burden of installing the software might be worth the effort. Practical implications – The installation and configuration of the software are briefly described and the possible gains offered by the software are highlighted. Originality/value – Potential users of the ABCD software will get useful information for helping to decide whether to use the additional advanced loans module.
Program: electronic library and information systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 26, 2011
Keywords: Library automation; CDS/ISIS software; Circulation systems; Free and open source software (FOSS); Integrated library systems; Library management systems; Third world libraries; Administrative data processing; Database management systems
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