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Richard M Jost
LIS 587
Seattle Campus

Library Technology Systems

Developing criteria for selection and design of information technology systems for libraries and information centers. Applying criteria in evaluation of hardware and software. Examining related management challenges, such as vendor relations, financing options, personnel requirements, and design of auxiliary activities. Prerequisite: LIS 580.

Class description

The primary topic for this class will be the development of critical thinking as applied to library automation projects. The class will focus on both the technical and management challenges of automation projects and how to successfully implement new technology.

Student learning goals

Understand the job requirements and role of systems librarian in the library organizational hierarchy.

Understand the process of developing a library automation plan through the application of project management skills.

Understand how to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) or some evaluation tool for a library automation vendor.

Understand change management and learn how to communicate with staff about changes in technology.

Understand the library automation marketplace and the system vendors environment.

Understand how to evaluate new and emerging technologies for library applications.

General method of instruction

Class lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, hands-on library automation exercises.

Recommended preparation

Students will need to bring an open & questioning attitude to class, fostering an environment where everyone can learn from the diverse backgrounds and experiences of each student. Students should be prepared for each class by doing the required readings and any assignments due for that module. An understanding of the different kinds of automated records used in library work is beneficial, but no specific technology background is necessary.

Class assignments and grading

The assignments will be a mixture of written papers and in-class presentations using various presentation software. The assignments will allow students to develop expertise in new presentation techniques while enhancing their understanding of the course material.

Grades are based on written assignments, in-class presentations and active class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Richard M Jost
Date: 11/08/2010