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  • The work of a Systems Librarian involves skills and abilities that combine the principles of librarianship (information and knowledge) with the abilities of computing technology and automation in libraries.
  • Technical professionals (systems librarians) bring to the table a vast array of skills and approaches related to new technology that will have direct impact to public libraries, as did the information and communication technology (ICT) department and the internet.
  • Systems librarians provide a means of enhancing the overall planning, support and use of library information technology. The future for Systems Librarian (technical professional) in libraries is not likely to diminish any time soon.
  • Systems librarian, information technology and library automation systems articles by Joe Kirsch and Golly Odendaal. is Africa's leading website on Systems / Technical Librarianship & Integrated Library Systems (ILS) / Library Automation products, online resources & articles on the Web!
  • Library system survey on libraries in South Africa with regards to their Integrated Library Systems (ILS) / Library Automation changes in the ILS industry of South Africa.
  • Integrated library system companies that offer library automation products that have a significant presence in the South Africa.
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) is not optimally developed in South African Public Libraries. Public libraries, are adopting modern information and communication technologies, including the use of the Internet. However, the use of ICT in automating library functions (integrated library systems) and the provision of digital information services is very limited in some public libraries in South Africa.
  • Minimum Standards and Features for the Purchase of an Integrated Library System (ILS). The integrated library system (ILS) should allow librarians to create custom reports by extracting data for use in spreadsheets. Library staff should be able to define and format specific reports without having to write explicit SQL commands.
  • Implementing integrated library system open source software such as Evergreen or Koha may cost less than traditional proprietary software. Is open source software a better option for libraries in South Africa today?
  • There is an increasing demand for the internet and computer services in public libraries today. HP Multi-User 441 Public Internet Kiosks are use in public libraries in South Africa.
  • Free wireless internet access at Public libraries in in South African. Most public libraries in South Africa currently have internet access for their users/patrons.
  • The first recorded Librarian was Zenodotus of Ephesus, holding that post from the end of Ptolemy I's reign. In the past, the profession librarian (a title in its Latin root, librarius – related to books) was identified with the learned keeper of a collection of books.
  • Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag). Book security against theft is another aspect of library operations that may be greatly improved with RFID based security systems at public libraries in South Africa.
  • Library media and technology used in South African libraries.
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  • Joe Kirsch has been working in the Public Libraries sector for more than 17 years, and as a Systems/Technical librarian for over a decade.
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