ERIC Number: ED375856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Small Libraries Online: Automating Circulation and Public Access Catalogs. Revised and Updated.
This manual provides information to help libraries in Texas considering an automation project, with special emphasis on smaller libraries. The solutions discussed are microcomputer-based. The manual begins with a discussion of how to prepare for the automation of a library, including planning, approval, collection decisions, policy, and staffing. The planning process is examined in detail and essential components of an automation plan are identified: needs assessment, goal, constraints, outline, schedule, budget, staffing, and public relations. Procedures for the conversion of the three basic types of data--title, item and patron--are suggested. Next, steps are presented for a small library to follow when procuring an automated system, including product demonstration, functional specifications, and contract clause discussion. Finally, the implementation considerations of site preparation and training are presented. Appended materials include Retrospective Conversion Options; To Manually Input or Purchase Bibliographic Records; Functionality of Microcomputer-Based Integrated Library Systems; Sizing Your System; Sample Configuration Costs; The Proper Training Approach for Adults; Local Area Networks; Glossary of Microcomputer Terms; and Bibliography. (Contains 101 references and a list of 13 journals.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Library, Austin. Library Development Div.
Identifiers - Location: Texas