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Title:Management information systems in a network environment
Author(s):Jacob, Mary Ellen; Kaske, Neal K.
Subject(s):Library administration --Data processing
Libraries --Automation
Library science --Data processing
Management information systems
Abstract:What do the terms management, information and system imply? Management implies control, monitoring and some type of role. Information is more than data, and it is not always knowledge it can lead to knowledge. The term system implies organization, order and plan. In looking at a management information system (MIS), a system which supplies management information or information to management, we need to look first at the function of management. Peter Drucker has given a number of definitions on both management and the role of managers. One of these is: "Management exists only in contemplation of performance." This suggests that management is not an end in itself but a means to an end, and that same aspect of it applies to management information systems. Since we are librarians trained in engineering, the dual approach of a technologist and a humanist seems appropriate. Thus, combining system analysis with an assist from Rudyard Kipling's "Six honest serving men," we should examine the questions, what, why, when, how, where, and who. We at OCLC need to look at management information from several different perspectives, which we will discuss more fully under "who." But much of what we collect and provide must be from the library manager's perspective.
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: 111-127.
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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