A library management system is important to a library in the following ways;
1. It increases efficiency
A library management system (LMS or ILS, integrated library system) enhances the efficiency of the librarians and library users. A good library management system enables librarians to easily catalog books and keep proper records of books issued, reissued, and those not returned. On the other hand, library users can easily check the availability of any book that they need.
2. It reduces the cost of managing a library
A library management system reduces the cost of management. The system eliminates the need to employ many workers and keep different manual files thereby reducing the cost. Additionally, one librarian can accomplish what more than what other several others can achieve at a given time. One computer can also store a lot of data eliminating the need for many manual files.
3. It saves time
Time is of the essence for both librarians and patrons. The librarian can easily record and go through the history of individual library users. On the other hand, the library users can know the location and availability of a particular book faster than before. Both the librarian and the student can accomplish more with less time.
4. It increases the productivity of library workers
Automating your day to day processes will to increase the productivity. An ILS ensures that the workers spend their time doing what is important. Due to the growing ease of doing their work, workers can engage in other important activities in the library without the library incurring any additional cost.
5. It enhances the presentation of the library
A library should be as much about the looks as it is about the books. A library with a good management system looks tidy and attractive. The librarians can arrange the available books in good order, while the students can locate them easily. It, therefore, increases the comfort and enjoyment of the librarians and the library users.