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Implementing Ict in Public Libraries: Eindhoven : A Case Study

By Das, Henk

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Title: Implementing Ict in Public Libraries: Eindhoven : A Case Study  
Author: Das, Henk
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Language: English
Subject: Library science, Professional report., Libraries
Collections: Public Libraries International Network Collection
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Publisher: Public Libraries International Network

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Professional Publication

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Summary: New information and communications technology has a tremendous effect on enormously the quantity, diversity and quality of information transmission and hence the work of the public library as information broker. It is worth noting that this effect is not just limited to the supply side of information transmission, but that it applies within the process of information transmission, that is to say within the core business of the library. There is therefore no question of a process that adds additional functions to the service package already existing but rather of a process that impinges on the core functions of the library in their entirety. This means that whether the library wishes or not to incorporate the new information and communications technology is no longer an open question. It will have to do it ? on pain of being marginalized within the field of information to an institution with more or less the character of museum. In order to retain and enhance its central position of information broker, the library world will have to maintain its selection of material, the accessibility of its data and the provision of information and support to library users, update and innovate it. In addition the library world will have to realize that the physical entity library is in need of revision due to the emergence of the virtual library. There is an urgent need for redefinition of the physical entity library.

Table of Contents
Contents Summary .................................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ............................................................................................................... 6 Change .................................................................................................................. 6 The Functional Position of the Public Library ......................................................... 8 The core business of the public library ................................................................... 8 Selection ............................................................................................................... 9 User support .......................................................................................................... 9 Rendering information accessible .......................................................................... 9 Rendering data available ......................................................................................11 The necessity of implementing ICT in libraries ....................................................12 Criteria for the Inception of an ICT Library Project; an Orientation ...................13 Ideas .....................................................................................................................13 Partners and subsidies ...........................................................................................14 Local government .................................................................................................14 Government agencies ...........................................................................................15 Subsidy programs directed towards business and industry ....................................16 Direct industrial/commercial involvement ............................................................16 The employee as partner .......................................................................................16 The client as partner .............................................................................................17 The law as partner ................................................................................................17 The Start of a Project ...............................................................................................18 A policy paper ......................................................................................................18 An ICT project team .............................................................................................20 The composition of an ICT project team ...............................................................21 External expertise .................................................................................................21 The Organization of an ICT Project ........................................................................23 External expertise; the involvement of Philips Design ..........................................23 Knowledge of users; user and non-user research ...................................................24 Users? preferences and users? problems ................................................................24 Insight into information processes ........................................................................25 The Decision Process ................................................................................................27 Political and commercial limitations .....................................................................28

 

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