USING BARCODE FOR CIRCULATION IN THE CENTRAL LIBRARY OF IIT BOBBAY

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2021
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SR Ganpule
H S waydone
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cENTRAL LIBRARY , IIT POWAI, BOMBAY
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The Barcode Technology was introduced in the library of liT Bombay in August 1991. Learning from the experience elsewhere was not possible as no information on the use ofthe technology in a library, particularly of the size of liT Bombay, was available. The existing literature on the state ofthe technology in Indian libraries was too scarce in the first place. Secondly, it was not necessarily relevant in the context of large libraries. There was, a spate of literature discussing 'barcodes' at the theoretical level. But it was hardly useful for taking a crucial decision of introducing the technology in the environment prevailing in the country. The present study, therefore, will be useful for the librarians of large libraries who may be planning to use the technology. It may be stated that ever since its introduction, the technology has never failed and has been yielding the desired results
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The circulation function of the library of the liT Bombay had been computerised well before the barcode system was introduced. On an average approximately 500 books are issued out of the library everyday and an equal number of books are returned. As examinations and semesterends approach, the number of transactions rise to 1600 per day. The transactions are not evenly distributed during the working hours from 09.00to 18.00. At certain hours of the day,
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