Systems Analysis for Librarians and Information Professionals / Edition 2

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Rational and methodical, systems analysis has been used successfully by business, industry, and research organizations. This new edition employs basic elements from the business world to show users how to apply systems analysis effectively to any library setting. Updating Osborne and Nakamura's previous work, the book fills a tremendous need in the field. It introduces readers to the steps in the process-from identifying and defining problems and collecting and analyzing data to selecting strategies for implementation and proof of the systems. The limitations of systems analysis, an overview of the rationale for applying it to problem situations, and many real-life examples illustrate the principles. A new chapter on object-oriented techniques, additional idea-generating techniques, and the inclusion of case studies invites readers to put these principles into practice. Practical and easy-to-read, this work will benefit students of information studies as well as professionals in the field, particul

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Updating and expanding their 1994 edition, Osborne (SLIS, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa) and Nakamura (automation trainer, Follett Software Company) introduce librarians step by step to the principles and practicalities of systems analysis, a management tool used widely in business to make changes within an organization. New to the text is a chapter on object-oriented techniques and case studies of sample problems. Useful as a textbook in library management classes and as a practical handbook for library managers.--WWW Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
A practical approach to why and how to do systems analysis, for information professionals and students, using the language and symbology actually used by systems analysts. Covers the relationship between systems analysis and computers and the historical development of systems analysis, and addresses the human element, identifying and defining problems, designing and selecting the system, presentations, and managing a project. Includes discussion questions and case studies involving the Fort Memorial library. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563086939
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2000
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

LARRY N. OSBORNE is Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.

MARGARET NAKAMURA is a former School Library Media Specialist and State Specialist with the Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Ch. 1 Understanding Systems Analysis 1
Ch. 2 The Historical Development of Systems Analysis 17
Ch. 3 The Human Element 29
Ch. 4 Identifying and Defining Problems 37
Ch. 5 Collecting Data 47
Ch. 6 Analyzing and Displaying Data in Flowcharts 67
Ch. 7 Designing Data Flow Diagrams 91
Ch. 8 Using Other Array Methods 111
Ch. 9 Object-Oriented Techniques 133
Ch. 10 Designing the System 147
Ch. 11 Presenting the System 159
Ch. 12 Selecting the System 173
Ch. 13 Managing a Project 187
Ch. 14 Proving the System 211
Ch. 15 Strategies for Implementation 221
App. A NQA Overthruster Project 237
App. B Responses to Brief Case Studies 239
App. C Java Program to Determine Sample Size 249
Index 251
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