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Aspects of a library systems methodology

Rowley, Jennifer (1994) Aspects of a library systems methodology. Journal of Information Science, 20 (1). pp. 41-45. ISSN 1352-7460

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Abstract

An information systems methodology to support the selection and implementation of library management systems is proposed. A brief review of the nature and com ponents of information systems methodologies is offered as a basis. The proposed methodology draws from established information systems methodologies and from the literature on computer-based library systems. The methodology which is intended to encourage a more systematic approach to systems selection and implementation has five main stages: definition of objectives; specification of requirements; systems selection; systems implementation, and systems evaluation. Tools take the form of a series of checklists covering issues to be considered at various stages in the project. The methodology has potential applications in other environments where the focus is on the acquisition of hard ware and software and not as the design of an in-house system.

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