Thursday, May 3, 2007



An alternative library information system, Iconium was developed by Filipino librarian. The library software is competitive with foreign information systems both in performance and costs. It is one of the most dynamic, comprehensive, and easy to use library information systems ever built to computerize and manage information centers, libraries, and data banks. It offers the most extensive set of modules, features and routines to automate library functions. The system is primarily designed for use by librarians, information specialists and record managers.

Iconium has eight pre-defined databases. These are Books or Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC); Periodical Articles; Articles from Books; Vertical Files; Special Materials or Multimedia; Filmography; Thesis and Dissertation Abstracts and Cases & Jurisprudence. It has the capability to search different pre-defined databases and is a user-friendly system both for the clientele and the librarian. It offers adaptable online searching capabilities to help the clientele easily locate materials they need. Library processes are simplified to facilitate efficient and effective library management to the extent most beneficial even to a one-man librarian. The system can run in either standalone or network, and likewise, barcode-ready. It even generates several library reports like collection development analysis, loan statistics, loan history, book list per discipline, accession list, inventory, authority list, periodical title list, users statistics, etc.


Marc Utilites

You can import Marc records from different library system or Web Opac (Library of Congress, Ohiolink, WorldCat, Australian National Library, British National Library, Boston Public Library, La Salle – Taft, UST, National Library of the Philippines, IRRI) capable to save Marc record and load to Iconium and automatically fill the data entry worksheet of books or special materials for you to edit and put the local information. These utilities will help you facilitate cataloguing.

Digital library

You can use the system to build your digital resources or use it as storage and retrieval of saved electronic data from your computer.

Data Entry Module
1 Data Entry For Periodical Literature-the encoder can specify the default value of some repeatable fields to minimize re-encoding and specify the periodical to be included in the periodical listing
2 Data Entry of Book Article-the encoder can specify the default value of some repeatable fields to minimize re-encoding
3 Data Entry For OPAC--the libraries can generate or select specific records to be included in the accession list, can print card catalogue, and call number label
4 appending of records from other source
5 able to print the whole database

Search Module
1 all fields are searchable
2 capable of Boolean logic approach and combined keywords searching
3 reveals the loan status of the books
4 searchable the eight pre-defined databases (OPAC; Periodical articles; Articles from books; Vertical files; Special Materials; Filmography; Thesis and dissertation abstracts; and Case & Jurisprudence)
5 can easily shift from one database to another
6 can set limits and view search results
7 can print search hits
8 can print case digest in Cases & Jurisprudence database
9 can launch or open electronic file attached
10 has visual search module for grade and high school students
11 Iconium Webscape is its web retrieval system

Circulation Module
1 simplified routine check-in and check-out mode
2 it computes automatically overdue amounts
3 easy verification of loan status of books and users
4 can generate overdue notice
5 can likewise navigate Books and Special Materials databases in this mode
6 can print current on-loan records
7 determines the number of check-out transaction for the day
8 determine the due books for the day
9 Can print receipt of loan

Clientele loan verification
1 the clientele can very as to their loan status and outstanding account

Acquisition Module
2 can build the acquisition of the library
3 can monitor the budget of any department in the list
4 can view the acquisition of every department
5 any purchase of materials will automatically be deducted from the budget of the department assigned
6 can summarize the mode of acquisition (whether the acquisition made by purchase, donation, etc.)

Serials management
1 periodical check in
2 data entry of different periodicals issues
3 can print whole serials check lists or individual title of periodicals
4 check-in and check-out of periodicals

Reservation of AV-rooms and equipments
1. schedule reservation of rooms and equipments
2. monitoring of schedules
3. printing of whole schedules, per room or per equipments.

Inventory Module
1 can easily record the status of the books or other materials
2 can navigate the book database in this routine mode
3 can print inventory results and sorting capabilities

Reports Module
1 it automatically processes the loan statistics
2 it generates book list in any subject area and may be printed
3 it generates subject bibliography of each databases
4 can build subject authority and author files
5 automatic generation of shelf list
6 can compute collections per subject area in terms of volume and title number
7 shows and allows both browsing and printing of the loan history
8 shows and allows both browsing and printing of the accession list
9 generate overdue payment list
10 clientele log monitoring

Utilities Module
1 modification of password, user’s ID, access rights, books allotment for any specific users, overdue fees… etc.
2 backup and restore files may be created: possible for all databases
3 compacting and repairing databases for operational optimization
4 you can generate barcode

User Statistics Module
1 push button users counter for respective time
2 automatically totaled number of users
3 able to print user statistical report
4 generate clientele registration list
5 monitoring of clientele with pictures

Printing reports
1. can print card catalog
2. can print shelf-list card
3. can print call number label
4. can print book card
5. can print new arrival of materials or annotation
6. can print check-out listing
7. can print receipt in circulation module
8. can print notice of outstanding loan to every clientele
9. can print overdue listing
10. can print subject bibliography listing
11. can print booklist per class or general subject
12. can print overdue payment list
13. can print users statistics
14. can print collection analysis reports
15. can print audiovisual room and equipment schedules
16. can print acquisition per mode, per department, per date range
17. can print results of an inventory
18. can print periodical checklist
19. can print per periodical and its issues
20. can print loan or borrowed statistics
21. can print loan history
22. can print whole database shelf list
23. can print whole list of every databases
24. can print search results
25. can print subject authority file
26. can print author list

Hardware and Operating System requirements
1 minimum speed of computer is 1.7 gigahertz (Pentium class)
2 minimum random access memory is at least 640 megabytes
3 hard disk free space is at least 20 Gigabytes
4 super VGA colored monitor set at 800 by 600 resolution and small font
5 any of the following operating systems: Windows 98, 2000, XP, 2003

Institutions using ICONIUM

1. Siena College Quezon City
2. St. Scolastica College-Westgrove, Silang Cavite
3. Miriam College High School Archive
4. Infant Jesus Academy, Marikina City
5. Sta. Isabel College, Manila
6. Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College
7. Manila Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Other software created by the Designer:

1. ICONIUM : library and information system (with Marc utilities)
2. Libro System : Mabini Edition (SQL server database backend, with Marc utilities))
3. Libro System : Standard edition (2007 release now a with Marc utilities)
4. Libro System : Luna Edition (for special library)
5. Arkivo System (Archive and Record Management System)
6. LVN Museum Information System
7. Philippine Audiovisual Cataloguing and Classification
8. Rizal (Reference and Information Zone and Access to Literature) with Archives component
9. Libro Media (multimedia application)
10. Thesauri Builder
11. Libro Webscape (web base retrieval system)
12. Aquinas (Automated Query Utilization of Information and Network Application System) a web based
13. Financial Monitoring System
14. Directory Database System
15. Pagemaster
16. Environmental dictionary system

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