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Title:So you want to build a network
Author(s):Kunkel, Douglas F.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Library science --Data processing
Abstract:WARNING: Building a network may be hazardous to your health. Depending on network philosophy and guidelines, networking may demand unparalleled cooperation and communication among libraries. If cooperation within a region is "unnatural," dissension and frustration are likely to discourage any efforts to develop a network promoting such ideas as resource-sharing and coordinated purchasing. Success depends on selecting objectives acceptable to the expected participants. When designing a network it must be clearly understood from the beginning which capabilities will eventually be provided, so that the basic design is compatible with the long-term evolution of the system. Many problems stem from differing interpretations of network direction and philosophy. Network participants may be shocked or unhappy to discover either that their desires run counter to those of the network, or that the architecture of the computer system precludes certain capabilities. A common understanding from the very beginning will alleviate many subsequent confrontations. This paper reviews some of the problems associated with selecting system characteristics, establishing a governance structure and managing the project, financing, and computer technology. Each section is headed by questions indicating the type of issues which must be solved. Examples are based on experiences with the Washington Library Network (WLN).
Issue Date:1978
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Problems and failures in library automation: Papers presented at the 1978 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 23-26, 1978, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 50-59.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (15th : 1978)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1978.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-30

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