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Library Technology and User Services Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering

ISBN-10: 1843346389
ISBN-13: 9781843346388
Edition: 2010
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Description: Written as a technology guide for students, practitioners, and administrators, the focus of this book will be on introducing current and future trends in library technology and automation within the larger context of strategic and systems planning,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 11/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Written as a technology guide for students, practitioners, and administrators, the focus of this book will be on introducing current and future trends in library technology and automation within the larger context of strategic and systems planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. Technology is an essential resource for attaining both organizational and patron goals, and planning needs to emphasize the alignment between the clearly defined goals of each. For this alignment to occur on a consistent basis goals must be designed, or engineered, in a systematic fashion where technology fulfils the need to deliver the desired outcomes in an efficient, cost-effective manner. The concept of usability engineering is also examined, where the technology is planned, designed, and implemented in such a way as to maximize utility and ease-of-use for users and employees. Readers of this book will understand both the why and the how of library technology, planning, and implementation articulated in simple, easy-to-understand fashion.

Tim Bucknall is Assistant Dean of Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies for the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tim is responsible for many significant library innovations, including the first OpenURL link resolver to go into production, and the first large-scale virtual library consortium. He was recently named by Library Journal as one the United States' leading 'Movers and Shakers' within librarianship, and has published and spoken extensively on library information technology, IT management, and effective evaluation of electronic resources and services within libraries.

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