Magazine article Computers in Libraries

In Review -- Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems by Edwin M. Cortez and Tom Smorch

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

In Review -- Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems by Edwin M. Cortez and Tom Smorch

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Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems. By Edwin M. Cortez and Tom Smorch. Greenwood Press, 1993. 233p. $47.95.

Many of us know from experience that automated library systems become obsolete and have to be replaced. Our authors refer to the replacement system as the "second generation." Cortez and Smorch have put together a volume that provides an extremely well-organized approach to the process of selecting second-generation systems that "represent today's most innovative approaches to bibliographic control, information service and delivery, and organizational management."

The authors use the term migration to denote the process of changing to a new automation system from an existing one. They identify six major components to this process: (1) Assessment of library needs; (2) planning and execution of the procurement process; (3) relocation of the library's machine-readable files and handling of barcodes; (4) retirement or reutilization of existing equipment; (5) installation and training; and (6) testing and evaluating system performance. The authors address each of these components in depth.

The book brings together the expertise of many authorities in library automation. …

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