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Preparation for Automation by Mind Map: Preparation for
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Preparation for Automation

Knowledge Acquisition


Colleagues, Communication, Networking, In Person, Library Media Specialists from Surrounding Community, Listservs, i.e. LM_NET, i.e. AECT, Subscriptions to Other Professional/Technology-Oriented Mediums

Conferences & Vendors, Product Review Sessions, State AND National Conferences, Company's Background, Current Status, etc., Previews of Software

Needs Assessment


What Are the Concerns?

What Are Their Roles?


Level of Job Satisfaction?

Openness to Change


Students/Clients, Administrators, Other Staff, What are Their Information Needs?, Areas that Need to be Addressed?, Automation Concerns?

Analyzing: Existing Problems, Future Problems, Re-Evaluations of Job Descriptions & Responsibilities


Must Analyze Each Library Media Center Function, Cataloging, Circulation, & Information Service

Gather Data, Justifies Automation, Sets Priorities

Evaluate Collected Data vs. Workflow Patterns, Concludes Which Functions Need Automation and their Priority


Prioritize Needs/Potential for Phasing

Sources: Internal, State, External (Businesses, PTO's, Library Supporters/Friends, & Private Organizations

Consideration of Consultant

Estimating ALL Costs

All Funding, future and current, Needs to be Assesed During Preparation