After installing SLiMS, our first job is to use the software practically. To run the software, first, we have to add all the book into the database and then member information. Once, book and member information are available in SLiMS database, we will be able to issue/return books using SLiMS. Here is a quick start guide for your convenience.
A two days training program on “Library Automation Using SLiMS” is going to be started from 15 to 16 February 2019 at the Digital Access Centre, KUET Central Library, Khulna. SLiMS is an open source library automation software. Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), Library Association of Khulna Division and KUET Central Library, Khulna will jointly organize the program. The purpose of the training is to enhance library automation skill of the library professionals and students of Khulna division.
- SLiMS Installation
- SLiMS Customization
- Data Entry
Who Should Attend?
The training program is intended for library and information professionals and students who want to automate their library by PC.
Resource Person: Nurul Alam Apu, Country Coordinator, SLiMS BD
SLiMS is now a well-known Library Management System in Bangladesh. The following libraries have been reported using SLiMS in the country:
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Library
- Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Library
- Bangladesh Bank Library (Audio-Visual)
- Bangladesh Academy For Rural Development, BARD Library
- Center for Palliative Care Library, BSMMU
- Teachers Training College, Dhaka
- Teachers Training College, Pabna
- Jhenaidah Cadet College (used earlier)
- Munshiganj Technical School and College
- National Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Alias Sciences (NINMAS)
- National Museum of Science & Technology Library, Agargaon
- Palli-Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Library
- The Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Library
- The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh (OCAG) Library
- The Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD) Library
More libraries are expressing interest and some of them are in the process of installation.
If we want to know the staff name who last updated the bibliographic data along with date and time, we need to make some changes in SLiMS. The changes are both in database and bibliography module. Let’s see how we can do this…
First we go to our slims database>biblio table. Add a new column at the end of the table biblio. Name it ‘last_update_by’ data type varchar (100) and save.
Then go to slims folder …\admin\modules\bibliography\index.php to edit index.php file.
$data['last_update_by'] = $_SESSION['realname']; after line 160.
Edit the line number 688 as follows:
__('Last Updated by:').' '. $rec_d['last_update_by'].' '. __('on:').' '. $rec_d['last_update'].
Now save the file, go to browser and your slims admin panel>bibliography module.
Edit any bibliographic data first and then go to edit mode again. See the information like below:
A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu)
A Three Day-long Training program on Senayan Library Management System (SLiMS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) organized by BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM), Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) in collaboration with North South University (NSU) Library during 24-26 April 2015 was successfully accomplished.
A Certificate Award Ceremony of the training programme was held in the evening on the concluding day (Sunday 26 April 2015) at the Faculty Conference Hall of North South University.
H.E. Mr. Rashed Khan Menon, MP, Honorable Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism was the Chief Guest and distributed the certificates among the participants. Ms Akhtar Jahan, M.P. and Honorable Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Benajir Ahmed, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NSU, and Professor Amin U. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, NSU were present as the special guests while Professor Gour Gobinda Goswami, Treasurer, NSU was the Guest of Honor at the event. Dr. Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Chairman, BALID and BIIM presided over the ceremony. Mr. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM) gave a welcome speech and Dr. Mostafizur Rahman, University Librarian, NSU, gave the vote of thanks on this occasion. The participants took hands on experience on installation, implementation and use of the library automation system SLiMS. They were introduced with the server system and necessary utility software too. A practical demonstration on total RFID system, tagging, circulation and security check was also shown to them. Honorable Minister in his speech stressed on the digitization of the libraries and the necessity of library professionals to be equipped with the modern IT system to reach the goal of the present Government to develop the country as the “Digital Bangladesh”.
A total of twenty seven library and IT professionals from various renowned organizations and universities took part in this training program on SLiMS and RFID. Dr. Mostafizur Rahman , University Librarian, NSU, A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu), Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank and Country Coordinator, SLiMS-Bangladesh, Kazi Farhad Noman, Assistant Librarian, Southeast University and Fatema-tuz-Johora, Officer-Library, ULAB were the resource persons in the training programme.
There are a number of ILS available around the world. Some of them are popular also. Then why SLiMS? Lets see why we recommend SLiMS…
- Cross platform – web based.
- Runs on Linux, windows, Mac and others.
- Apache server and mysql database.
- PHP scripting language.
- Complete digital library support.
- Books, documents, multimedia and serial publication cataloging.
- Single entry form.
- AACR2 standards.
- MARC support.
- OAI-PMH, MODS Metadata, xml, rss.
- First ever Bangla (বাংলা) language supported ILS.
- First ever Bangla (বাংলা) searching supported ILS.
- Digital Repository.
- User friendly.
- Easy to customization.
- Easy to learn.
- And many more.