The major aim of this paper is to propose a multi-agent model that represents the natural structure of library services that are carried out in collaboration with libraries, interaction between libraries and collaboration and their patrons, collaboration among patrons, and so on. Another aim is to demonstrate its usefulness in terms of flexibility and scalability. For example, in order to achieve their missions libraries provide the service called ILL (Inter-library loan), with which a patron, or a user, can borrow books that belong to other libraries. Such a collaborative service is very common to current libraries. In the future, it would be extended to other types of collaborative services such as collaborative online referencing, collaborative community formation and information sharing, and so on. The library system organized as a multi-agent system should be very useful in order to provide such services in a flexible and scalable framework.


Multi Agent System Mobile Agent Agent System Library System Library Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshiro Minami
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  1. 1.Kyushu Institute of Information SciencesFaculty of Management and Information SciencesDazaifuJapan
  2. 2.Kyushu University LibraryHigashiJapan

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