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Title:Beyond the numbers - A decision support system
Author(s):Dowlin, Kenneth E.; Magrath, Lynn L.
Subject(s):Library administration --Data processing
Libraries --Automation
Library science --Data processing
Decision support systems
Abstract:The degree of sophistication of an organization's information system is indicated by its placement in the stages of evolution of general information systems. The first stage is the automation of clerical tasks. The second stage is redesign of the system and subsystem integration. The third stage is support for middle management decisions, and the fourth stage is support for top level, decision-making. 1 The library community has progressed through the stage of automating clerical functions. There are computerized systems for almost all such systems in libraries. These systems are not in operation in every library, nor are all of the systems in operation in any single library but the pieces are there. Libraries are just starting into the second stage systems redesign and integration. There are a handful of libraries that have implemented major portions of an integrated system. There are even fewer libraries that have reached the third stage and almost no library that has reached the fourth stage.
Issue Date:1982
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In F.W. Lancaster, ed. 1982. Library automation as a source of management information: Papers presented at the 1982 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 27-58.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (19th : 1982)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1982.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-06

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