Bec in the library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

iOPAC, one system can do it all. Maybe. August 22, 2013

ETL505 Module 2: Tools and systems

Tools used in libraries for organising information include:

  • Library catalogues
  • Periodical databases
  • Citation databases
  • Image and other special kinds of database
  • Bibliographies and subject guides
  • Online subject gateways and directories
  • Search engines

The library catalogue

Our OPAC, Destiny, is a treasure trove of awesome once people know how to use it. Sadly, most do not. Students and teachers can do basic searches for materials in Destiny Quest – the “kid” interface – but any further than that and they are stumped.

During my time as a Lib Tech, I was often astounded at how much amazing information lay dormat in Destiny just waiting to be used effectively. Teachers had no idea they could search through the “back door” and use the same system we (LT and the librarian) did, thereby getting such better results.

I continue to be frustrated by staff who don’t see why it’s so important to catalogue physical technology resources such cameras, laptops etc through the library catalogue. Why don’t they understand how much easier and more efficient it is to keep track of everything in one place? Accountability becomes  easier, budgeting more transparent and workflow much smoother!

When all resources in a school are catalogued through the library… “audit reports can be generated easily for senior administration and stock takes for all resources in the school can be carried out on a regular basis, an essential process for resource-poor schools which need to get maximum value and longevity for everything they purchase.” (Coombes, 2012)


An overview of the roles a school library catalogue can potentially play in a schools educational programs.

Coombes, B. (2012). SCIS | Practical curriculum opportunities and the library catalogue. SCIS | Schools Catalogue Information Service. Retrieved August 22, 2013, from


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