Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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The core purpose of present research effort is to discern a reasonable evaluation of the features of automation software packages to guide the librarians select a package that suits their requirements and enhance library services effectively. Of the several available software packages; Virtua, Alice for Windows, SOUL, and LIBSYS are chosen for conducting micro evaluation of selected software features. A checklist comprising several parameters like operating systems, integration of modules; compatibility with international standards; Web-OPAC facility, etc. were highlights of the study. Virtua, with 308 out of 328 rating points, figured atop of the table with most sophisticated features and facilities followed by Alice for Windows with 247 points, LibSys with 228 points, and SOUL with 175 points. Virtua has been found with most modern facilities and compatibility to global standards; however SOUL has observed most used software in Indian libraries followed by LibSys. Since the study has covered popularly used softwares; therefore, it is expected to serve as aiding tool for librarians to select the package with advanced features to fulfill the emerging demands of techno-savvy users effectively.