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Environmental Scanning

Environmental Scanning
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Author(s): Barbara Holland (Brooklyn Public Library, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 10
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch288


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To capsulize the future needs of library users, Management must consistently collect, analyze and diffuse information on trends that are internal and external affecting user behaviors and needs. Environmental Scanning is an organizational practice of screening external demographic, cultural, social, political, technological and legal trends in an effort to foresee and meet the needs of users in the future. This article examines environmental scanning, futures research, peripheral vision, and corporate/strategic foresight as tools for strategic planning, and assisting Managers in making better decisions concerning libraries, businesses and other organizations.

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