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Human Factors in the ’System Selection’ Stage of Library Automation

Human Factors in the ’System Selection’ Stage of Library Automation
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Author(s): Nasrine Olson (The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Sweden)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 2
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch268
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Since the late fifties and early sixties when computers and computer-based systems were introduced in the libraries in modest forms, use of IT within libraries has evolved greatly1. Libraries of today use various automated systems to take care of a vast range of simple and complex tasks. The term automation has been loosely used to refer to vastly differing levels of adoption and use of IT in great many different settings. Just within libraries, this term has been used to refer to anything from utilizing a simple PC, to most sophisticated use of technology in automating all aspects of library work. To remove repetitive clarifications however, the term ‘automation’ and ‘library automation’ in this paper are hereafter solely used to refer to the adoption and use of Automated Library Systems2 (ALS) within libraries.

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