Library computer system
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A library computer system is the software used to catalog, track circulation (where appropriate) and inventory a library's assets. It is intended for home, church, private enterprise or other small to medium sized collections. Larger libraries will typically use an integrated library system to manage the more complex activities such as acquisitions, inter library loan, and the licensing of online resources.
Software criteria 
Distributed software vs. web service 
Library computer systems tend to fall into two offerings: software to be purchased on a perpetual license or purchased as a subscription service. With distributed software the customer can choose to self install or have the system installed by the vendor on their own hardware and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the application and the data or can choose to be supported by the vendor with an annual maintenance contract. Some vendors charge for upgrades to the software, and some do not. Customers who subscribe to a web (hosted) service upload data to the vendor's remote server via the Internet and may pay a periodic fee to access their data.
Data entry assistance based on ISBN 
Many applications can reduce a major portion of manual data entry by populating data fields based upon the entered ISBN using MARC standards technology via the Internet.
Bar code scanning and printing 
With most software, users can eliminate some manual entry by using a bar code scanner. But some software is designed, or can be extended with an additional module, to integrate scanner functionality. While most software vendors provide some type of scanner integration, not all will print labels with bar codes.