Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems

Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems

Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems

Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems

Synopsis

This guide focuses on the implementation and management of second-generation automated library systems. It advances knowledge of the field by describing the "migration path" of library automated systems. Specifically, the book is intended to give practical directions in procuring a replacement library automated system. As such, the text reviews new approaches to library automation which rely on knowledge gained over the past two decades. In charting the procurement process, the book indicates how to migrate the library's database. It discusses state-of-the-art technology such as scanning and imaging devices, and provides descriptions and analyses of telecommunications and networking technology and issues.

Excerpt

Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems is designed for library systems analysts, library automation administrators, information managers, consultants, and advanced students specializing in library automation. The text presumes a good familiarity with the functional and technical aspects of both the systems development cycle and library automation and expands knowledge on such topics as needs assessment, costing for automated systems, procurement techniques that include the preparation of procurement documents, and hardware/software options for current library automated systems. Readers seeking a basic introduction to these topics are referred to books written by Richard Boss, Joseph Matthews, John Corbin, Ed Cortez, and others.

The title of the text suggests that library automation has matured sufficiently to have moved into the next generation of automated systems, systems whose functionality and performance vastly surpass their first generation ancestors. By no means does "second generation" refer to the transistor-driven computer (as was assumed by a computer science colleague uninformed about library organizations). These new systems make use of the latest in computer circuitry and memory technologies, as well as the advances made in software engineering and telecommunications over the past decade. In essence, second generation systems for libraries represent today's most innovative approaches to bibliographic control, information service and delivery, and organizational management.

Each of the eleven chapters in Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems describes one or more components of current practices in . . .

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