Proposing an Innovative Library Management System for Afghanistan: E-Ketabtoon


At present, the higher-education libraries across Afghanistan are entirely paper and card-based. This paper proposes an innovative library management environment known as “e-Ketabtoon”. It aims to automate and replace the current card and paper system. The prominent features of e-Ketabtoon includes: (i) acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials); (ii) cataloging (classifying and indexing materials); (iii) circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back); (iv) serials (tracking magazine and book holdings); and (v) a DBMS with a user interface in a browser. With this system in place, the university could benefit from instant library access; enhance the overall management of the library and learning resources across the school: streamline acquisitions, circulations and cataloguing workflows; and improve cost savings. The system will thus, encourage the use of libraries by students for learning; improve access to reading resources; and enable independent learning, resulting in improving the literacy levels in Afghanistan. Hopefully with all of the changes, e-Ketabtoon would make the library run much more efficiently and smoothly. With less time spent filling out paperwork, more time can be spent to assisting students and keeping the colossal amounts of media held in the library. The system will also be more efficient, dependable and user friendly to everyone.

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Mohammad Hanif Gharanai, Kobe Institute of Computing, Japan
Paracha Samiullah, Kobe Institute of Computing, Japan

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Technology enhanced and distance learning

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