Overview of the Library Automation System in South Sulawesi Libraries


  • Taufiq Mathar Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar
  • Ismaya Universitas Muhammadiyah Enrekang




Integrated library system, technology in library


Technology in libraries has played an essential role in serving today’s communities. This study provides an overview of the integrated library systems/software (ILSs) used in libraries in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It aims to highlight the strengths and possibilities of ILSs and briefly explain their advantages and disadvantages along with the cost of implementation. The data was gathered from questionnaires sent via an online survey and from direct interviews with certain academic libraries over the period of 2019 to 2020. Fifty-three of 67 libraries that fulfilled the study have implemented an ILS. To deeply understand the application, a direct interview with some libraries was conducted to learn the advantages and disadvantages. The result of the study showed that the most used ILSs are SLiMS and INLISlite and other programs like Apollo, Athenium Light, Simpus, Spektra, Jibas, KOHA, and Openlibrary. The budget spent is an average of 300 USD. While the ILSs have helped these libraries improve services, IT expertise and adequate resources are needed, especially when the systems present problems. An easy-to-use system that costs less will potentially be used in this area of research. This study will be particularly helpful for any library in Indonesia. These findings may also be generalized to libraries in other countries facing economic and technological similarities.

Author Biography

Ismaya, Universitas Muhammadiyah Enrekang

Department of Library and Information Science


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How to Cite

Mathar, T., & Ismaya. (2024). Overview of the Library Automation System in South Sulawesi Libraries. Information Technology and Libraries, 43(1). https://doi.org/10.5860/ital.v43i1.15853