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This book will be well placed on the shelves of the many libraries faced with the complexities that information technology developments bring to the library. Giving a useful overview of library systems-from their history to current trends in the technology and marketplace that serve libraries-this book includes coverage of telecommunications, standards, planning, managing technology in libraries, system selection, and more. Specifically designed for core units in library automation and information systems, this text gives students a comprehensive overview of one of the most critical areas of library operations, and enables them to take the lead in managing the complexities that information technology brings to the library. Giving important insight into library information systems-from their history to the latest technological trends and information about the marketplace that serves libraries-this book includes coverage of standards, planning, managing technology in libraries, system selection, an

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"Library Information Systems provides a very good overview of library automation, includes lots of context for decision-making, and does an excellent job of carefully explaining technical terminology. …this book is designed for use in a library and information science course. It would also be useful for a non-technical manager who assumes responsibilities for library information systems, or for the small library director seeking a broad context for information system decision-making."


Technical Services Quarterly

"[a]n outstanding basis for understanding library information systems (LIS), covering a broad scope of conditions and issues concerning the adoption of technologies by libraries….a definitive resource for decision makers to consider. Very Good."


The Shy Librarian

"The glossary and definitions throughout the work provide a good core for learning to speak modern libraryese."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591580188
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2002
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS R. KOCHTANEK is Associate Professor at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of MissouriColumbia.

JOSEPH R. MATTHEWS, internationally renowned expert on library automation and information systems, is President of his consulting company Matthews & Associates, Carlsbad, California.

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Table of Contents

1 The Evolution of LIS and Enabling Technologies 3
2 The Library Information Systems Marketplace 14
3 Design of Integrated Library Systems 29
4 Open Systems 50
5 Telecommunications and Networks 66
6 Standards and Standards Organizations 93
7 Planning for Information Technology 113
8 Basic Technology Axioms 129
9 The Impact of Technology on Library Services 136
10 System Selection and Implementation 156
11 Usability of Systems 187
12 Managing Library Information Systems 208
13 Technology Trends 229
14 Digital Libraries 239
Conclusions 251
Glossary 253
Index 275
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