Information Tasks / Edition 1

Information Tasks / Edition 1

by Bryce Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0120510405

ISBN-13: 9780120510405

Pub. Date: 10/01/1996

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

The user-centered approach is central to the creation of usable information systems, services, and institutions. Information system design should derive from user research into information needs, tasks accomplished in meeting those needs, and resources used in the tasks. Information Tasks summarizes user research, then presents design sketches of systems that…  See more details below

Overview

The user-centered approach is central to the creation of usable information systems, services, and institutions. Information system design should derive from user research into information needs, tasks accomplished in meeting those needs, and resources used in the tasks. Information Tasks summarizes user research, then presents design sketches of systems that illustrate how design is linked to research. Also discussed are usable information services and an overview of the organization and economics of information institutions. This comprehensive user-centered approach provides an agenda for information research, design, and education that challenges many accepted beliefs and suggest new directions for information work.
Information Tasks will be of interest to library and information science students and faculty interested in information storage and retrieval, user studies, and systems analysis design. Students and scholars of human factors in systems design, human-computer interaction, and cognitive engineering will also find the text useful.
Key Features
* Reviews user research from many disciplines
* Links research to practical design issues
* Provides a unified model for user studies and user-centered design
* Includes "how-to" summaries of design chapters
* Shows how designers can investigate their user communities
* Provides a general template for the design process
* Integrates all aspects of information design
* Discusses library issues in the larger information context

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780120510405
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Library and Information Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction2
2An Introduction to User-Centered Information-System Design26
3Information Needs55
4Information Needs and Information Design108
5Expressing Information Needs126
6Designing Systems to Meet Expressed Information Needs152
7Information Tasks: Interacting with Information Systems190
8Design Details for Information Systems218
9Information Services from the User's Perspective245
10Information Institutions262
11Conclusion: User-Centered Design and Evaluation290
Index303

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