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Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Snakes and ladders: towards a post-maturity evaluation index of integrated library system ownership


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Title:Snakes and ladders: towards a post-maturity evaluation index of integrated library system ownership
Author(s):Martin Myhill, (Deputy Librarian at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK)
Citation:Martin Myhill, (2004) "Snakes and ladders: towards a post-maturity evaluation index of integrated library system ownership", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 Iss: 2, pp.110 - 119
Keywords:Information systems, Libraries, Library automation
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00330330410532823 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Although the integrated library system increasingly dominates the information activities of library staff and users, there are very few objective measures available by which to evaluate its medium to long-term impact. This article moves towards the production of a simple, numerical index of ILS evaluation. It applies a variety of context-dependent evaluation methods to the different phases of the ILS lifecycle culminating in a draft index of evaluation. Although this methodology and index should not be regarded as a finished product, it should act as a useful starting point for further comparative studies, particularly those that seek simple ways to incorporate relevant, less-subjective criteria into the ILS evaluation process.



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