Libraries are often regarded as important social institutions, and no network is considered complete without a library framework. In any event, libraries are transforming as a result of the impact of ICT, changing benefactor demands, altering data conditions, or Web/attempt Google’s to replace Reference Librarians. The needs of library clients are changing, and thanks to ICT, the assets, administrations, and outcomes of libraries are changing as well. This innovation could be used by libraries to reorganize access to structures, assets, and administrations. Custodians will be able to tell who is coming into the library, where they reside, what books they have looked at, and if any of their books are overdue if they use the technology. The following are the technological innovation used in modern libraries:
Barathi & Loganathan (2017) posits that computer-generated reality is another invention, and people are interested in using it in a variety of settings, from prescriptions to gaming. VR “involves immersing a real client in a reenacted domain using 3D illustrations and advanced connectivity.” These can also be used by libraries to better serve their patrons. Virtual reality is a software-created artificial world that is presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends disbelief and accepts it as a real environment. Virtual reality is mostly experienced on a computer using two of the five senses: sight and sound. The virtual reality at Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) depicts the building’s structures and resources, including the library, where visitors may view all of the 3D images.
The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated wireless speaker from Amazon’s digital assistant. In 2014, it was initially released. The device is linked to Alexa, a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service that responds to the name “Alexa.” SUN has introduced its voice assistant service, which allows users to learn about the library’s history and its information resources and services. (Muhammed, 2021). Using Alexa has helped in terms of digital references services provided in the library where users can get acquainted and familiarized with the library services.
Digital interface for printed books
The advanced interface is a useful tool for using eBooks. It might be completed by browsing at the content of a book, finding a reference on the internet, or producing a book passage using the same apparatus that was used to read this EBook. Instead of a print book, you can use an eBook. The replicate and discover parts of digital books, as well as all of the major choices from papers, are available at SUN Library, allowing users to enjoy the benefit of technological progress.
Koha is an open-source, public-access Integrated Library System (ILS). It is used to automate library services ranging from book checkout and card creation to more administrative tasks such as statistical work and branch library setup. Koha is a Maori word that means “gift” or “donation.” Automating with Koha has made acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and other activities at SUN Library much easier and faster. As a result, information resources are easily obtained, and new acquisitions have reached the shelves quickly in a way that would be unthinkable in a non-automated library. The extra time saved is used to expand the library’s service offerings.
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), which combines radiofrequency and microchip technology, is widely acknowledged as one of the most important uses in today’s society, including librarianship. The purpose of this technology is to increase library security for everyone. By minimizing theft, non-returns, and misfiling, RFID promises to improve the control of a library’s assets. The SUN’s RFID technology allows patrons to check out and return library materials at any time of day. It keeps the library collections in better order and reduces librarians’ repetitious movements, in addition to speeding up checkouts.
Libraries have always been associated with sharing information, culture, and abilities, and these modern advanced administrations are just one way of attracting customers and providing services to help them make their lives easier. Innovation continues to evolve, and as it does, it is becoming more integrated with society.
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Mr Abdulqawiyyu Mustapha is a Library Assistant in Skyline University Nigeria. He has a Degree in Library Science from Bayero University Kano (BUK), Kano.