ERIC Number: ED414947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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The Library Administrator's Automation Handbook.
Boss, Richard W.
One of the most significant decisions in a library administrator's career is the decision to automate one or more of a library's operations. This book describes the present state of local library automation; the planning, selection, and implementation process; and the library administrator's role in the process. The bulk of the text provides a foundation for the basic understanding of hardware, system architectures, software, standards, and data communication, which is essential for an administrator to make intelligent automation decisions. The book also emphasizes the context in which technical decisions must be made, and describes all steps in the process of making and carrying out the decisions. The book contains the following chapters: (1) Library Automation Today; (2) Hardware Basics; (3) System Architectures; (4) System Software; (5) Applications Software and Programming Languages; (6) System Functionality; (7) Content and Interfacing Standards; (8) CD-ROM, Internet, and Other Related Technologies; (9) Cabling and LANs; (10) Connecting Remote Sites; (11) Planning, Procuring, and Implementing Systems; and (12) The Costs of Automation. A glossary and index are provided. Words found in the glossary are highlighted throughout the text. (Contains 153 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Costs, Decision Making, Information Technology, Integrated Library Systems, Internet, Libraries, Library Administrators, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Equipment, Library Planning, Library Technical Processes, Local Area Networks, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Optical Data Disks, Programming Languages
Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055 ($39.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
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