ERIC Number: ED358844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Computerization of the Botswana National Library Service. Restricted Technical Report.
Underwood, Peter C.
This report discusses the scope for and feasibility of introducing automated systems into the Botswana National Library Service (BNLS). The study was undertaken at the request of BNLS and was conducted by an outside consultant who interviewed staff, read internal documents and reports, and studied patterns of work. Topics of the report include: (1) the library's background, purpose, current objectives, current computer facilities, staffing, and capacity for utilizing automated systems; (2) constraints on the development of automated systems, such as the lack of development and staff skills at remote library branches and the lack of funding for operating expenses; (3) the strategic significance of automation, which would facilitate key activities, allow for the development of a national database based on the MARC format, and improve information sharing at the governmental and parastatal levels; (4) the technical, legal, social and economic feasibility of automation; (5) additional applications for an automated system; (6) considerations involved in selecting equipment and a supplier; and (7) capital budget items and projected recurrent expenses. A copy of the consultant's schedule in Botswana, a list of persons consulted, and a job specification for a systems manager are appended. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Botswana