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ERIC Number: EJ896877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1932-2909
Library Intranets: Trends and Enhancements
Thomas, Lisa Carlucci
Journal of Web Librarianship, v4 n2-3 p277-282 2010
Libraries are widely known as institutions that access, organize, and preserve collections of information. Libraries are also dynamic administrative entities that generate and exchange internal business information. From small operations with limited staff and technology to large, multidepartmental institutions with full IT support, libraries universally require efficient communications systems to operate effectively. Many libraries use proprietary systems or self-designed intranets to centralize institutional information. Faced with new and competing communications technologies and shrinking budgets, some libraries are exploring whether social and emerging technologies might offer advantages over existing models. Intranet expert Toby Ward, CEO of Prescient Digital Media, is the author of (2005), a blog of current research, reports, analysis, case studies, and assessments of intranets and related best practices. The blog features intranets in the business environment, offering readers the opportunity to benefit from integrating enterprise models and perspectives into their own intranets. In this article, the author discusses three articles found on this site that have her thinking differently about library intranet trends and enhancements: (1) "Intranet Predictions for 2010," which provided an in-depth look at how and why these predictions are relevant to enterprise; (2) "Intranet ROI," which emphasized the need to assess and articulate the return value of intranet endeavors and offered several examples of ways intranets are cost-effective for organizations and a useful list of content topics optimal for intranets; and (3) "Nexus of Intranet Success," which presented a graphical view of the critical elements of an intranet. Ward's "nexus" depicted intranet components in three levels. Level 1, at the center, is executive support; Level 2 includes administrative and technical factors--i.e., planning, resources, content, and technology; and finally, Level 3 is made up of motivated users.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A