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Impacts of IT on Human Behavior in Library Settings

Impacts of IT on Human Behavior in Library Settings
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Author(s): Donna Evans (Miami University, Ohio, USA) and Jeffrey W. Merhout (Miami University, Ohio, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 3
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch030
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Information technologies find a natural application in library settings as a vehicle to manage and distribute enormous amounts of information. Innovative applications of information technology have improved the availability and delivery of library information far beyond what could have been imagined even one generation ago. Because of the foundational importance of libraries to global literacy and scholarship, it is imperative to understand the impact of technology upon the behavior of libraries’ human stakeholders. Given that this relationship exists, it is essential to manage technology to achieve the desired range of behavioral outcomes. To this end, we analyze the literature related to recent information technology innovations in the library industry and briefly present the results of a case study of the IT-related organizational issues encountered by one American public library.

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