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Title:Cost analysis and reporting as a basis for decisions
Author(s):Price, Douglas S.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Libraries --Economics
Library science --Data processing
Cost analysis
Abstract:To avoid any aura of misrepresentation, let me remind you at the outset that I am not a librarian. My background is in information systems, and when I discuss specifics of cost analysis a bit later, most of the examples and techniques will be drawn from that background. However, I would also remind you perhaps unnecessarily that libraries are information systems. They are the oldest, the most widespread and the broadest in scope of all information systems, and while they differ markedly from what we generally identify as information systems, their basic purpose is the same and there are many parallels and similarities. Because you are the librarians, I will, on the whole, have to leave it to you to translate what I have to say into the library frame of reference, although I have been told by many librarians over the last five years that it can and should be done.
Issue Date:1976
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In The economics of library automation : papers presented at the 1976 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 25-28, 1976, ed. J.L. Divilbiss. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 83-106.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (13th : 1976)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-30

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