Systems Analysis for Librarians and Information Professionals

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Libraries Unlimited, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 261 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review


Chapter 1Understanding Systems Analysis
Chapter 2The Historical Development of Systems Analysis
Chapter 3The Human Element

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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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