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Ted R. Compton

Russell Ackoff, in his often cited article “Management Misinformation Systems’, discussed some problems that were associated with the highly centralized and tightly…

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Russell Ackoff, in his often cited article “Management Misinformation Systems’, discussed some problems that were associated with the highly centralized and tightly controlled data processing departments that existed during the 1960’s. Many of those problems are currently being addressed as users undertake more of the responsibility for the dissemination of information technology. However, the jury is still out on the benefits of decentralization. This article discusses many of the problems associated with the decentralization phenomenon, as well as recommending how one might deal with many of these organizational issues.

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American Journal of Business, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1935-5181

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President William Jefferson Clinton

Investing in technology is investing in America's future: a growing economy with more high‐skill, high‐wage jobs for American workers; a cleaner environment where energy…

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Investing in technology is investing in America's future: a growing economy with more high‐skill, high‐wage jobs for American workers; a cleaner environment where energy efficiency increases profits and reduces pollution; a stronger, more competitive private sector able to maintain U.S. leadership in critical world markets; an educational system where every student is challenged; and an inspired scientific and technological research community focused on ensuring not just our national security but our very quality of life. American technology must move in a new direction to build economic strength and spur economic growth. The traditional federal role in technology development has been limited to support of basic science and mission‐oriented research in the Defense Department NASA, and other agencies. This strategy was appropriate for a previous generation but not for today's profound challenges. We cannot rely on the serendipitous application of defense technology to the private sector. We must aim directly at these new challenges and focus our efforts on the new opportunities before us, recognizing that government can play a key role helping private firms develop and profit from innovations.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 6 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Anna Marie Johnson, Claudene Sproles and Robert Detmering

– The purpose of this paper is to provide a selected bibliography of recent resources on library instruction and information literacy.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a selected bibliography of recent resources on library instruction and information literacy.

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Introduces and annotates periodical articles, monographs, and audiovisual material examining library instruction and information literacy.

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Provides information about each source, discusses the characteristics of current scholarship, and describes sources that contain unique scholarly contributions and quality reproductions.

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The information may be used by librarians and interested parties as a quick reference to literature on library instruction and information literacy.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 41 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Yoko Sone, Heihachi Asano and Takashi Uchida

This paper proposes a facilities management strategy for the dissemination of information technology at the kominkan (community center), the main public facility for…

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This paper proposes a facilities management strategy for the dissemination of information technology at the kominkan (community center), the main public facility for community adult education in Japan. This study was undertaken in August 2000 with the initial distribution of questionnaires. Of the 513 facilities that participated in this study, viable returned responses stood at 298, representing a rate of 58 per cent. According to findings in our study, the three main room‐types in the kominkan in which satellite communication hardware and personal computers were installed are: the audio‐visual learning room, the recreation room, and the cultural activity room. In order to effectively disseminate information technology at the kominkan, the research team proposes a management strategy based on three criteria. These concern the concepts of “openness”, “operation and management”, and “equipment and furniture.”

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Facilities, vol. 20 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Pietro Evangelista, Riccardo Mogre, Alessandro Perego, Antonino Raspagliesi and Edward Sweeney

In today's competitive scenario, effective supply chain management is increasingly dependent on third‐party logistics (3PL) companies' capabilities and performance. The…

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In today's competitive scenario, effective supply chain management is increasingly dependent on third‐party logistics (3PL) companies' capabilities and performance. The dissemination of information technology (IT) has contributed to change the supply chain role of 3PL companies and IT is considered an important element influencing the performance of modern logistics companies. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between IT and 3PLs' performance, assuming that logistics capabilities play a mediating role in this relationship.

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Empirical evidence based on a questionnaire survey conducted on a sample of logistics service companies operating in the Italian market was used to test a conceptual resource‐based view (RBV) framework linking IT adoption, logistics capabilities and firm performance. Factor analysis and ordinary least square (OLS) regression analysis have been used to test hypotheses. The focus of the paper is multidisciplinary in nature; management of information systems, strategy, logistics and supply chain management approaches have been combined in the analysis.

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The results indicate strong relationships among data gathering technologies, transactional capabilities and firm performance, in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness. Moreover, a positive correlation between enterprise information technologies and 3PL financial performance has been found.

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The paper successfully uses the concept of logistics capabilities as mediating factor between IT adoption and firm performance. Objective measures have been proposed for IT adoption and logistics capabilities. Direct and indirect relationships among variables have been successfully tested.

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Robert Detmering, Anna Marie Johnson, Claudene Sproles, Samantha McClellan and Rosalinda Hernandez Linares

– The purpose of this paper is to provide a selected bibliography of recent resources on library instruction and information literacy.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a selected bibliography of recent resources on library instruction and information literacy.

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Introduces and annotates English-language periodical articles, monographs and other materials on library instruction and information literacy published in 2013.

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Provides information about each source, discusses the characteristics of current scholarship and describes sources that contain unique scholarly contributions and quality reproductions.

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The information may be used by librarians and interested parties as a quick reference to literature on library instruction and information literacy.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 42 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Latisha Reynolds, Amber Willenborg, Samantha McClellan, Rosalinda Hernandez Linares and Elizabeth Alison Sterner

This paper aims to present recently published resources on information literacy and library instruction providing an introductory overview and a selected annotated…

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Purpose

This paper aims to present recently published resources on information literacy and library instruction providing an introductory overview and a selected annotated bibliography of publications covering all library types.

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This paper introduces and annotates English-language periodical articles, monographs, dissertations and other materials on library instruction and information literacy published in 2016.

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The paper provides information about each source, describes the characteristics of current scholarship and highlights sources that contain unique or significant scholarly contributions.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 45 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Shirley Day, Allan Bunch and Edwin Fleming

The Microelectronics Education Support Unit (MESU) is funding an investigation into the dissemination of Information Technology information in local education authorities.

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The Microelectronics Education Support Unit (MESU) is funding an investigation into the dissemination of Information Technology information in local education authorities.

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New Library World, vol. 90 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Leiser Silva and Eugenio Figueroa B.

Proposes a framework for the analysis and the execution of policies aimed at the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries…

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Proposes a framework for the analysis and the execution of policies aimed at the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. This framework is derived from institutional theory that offers, we argue, an alternative for those interested in understanding the forces that influence the adoption of ICTs in developing countries. We use the framework as a lens to tease out meanings of the Chilean case and identify possible courses of action that a country in a similar situation may take to expand and boost the expansion of ICTs. By drawing on the framework, we theorize about why some policies achieve their objectives while some others may not. We conclude by suggesting ways in which the framework can be applied by planners and decision makers in the formulation and evaluation of national ICTs policies.

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Information Technology & People, vol. 15 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-3845

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Regina Goldschmitt

From 3‐5 February 2004, the Bielefeld University Library in Germany was host to the 7th International Bielefeld Conference, “Thinking beyond digital libraries – designing…

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From 3‐5 February 2004, the Bielefeld University Library in Germany was host to the 7th International Bielefeld Conference, “Thinking beyond digital libraries – designing the information strategy for the next decade”. Main themes to the conference were the strategic positioning and future direction of research libraries and their institutions that will lead to e‐scholarship. The agenda included: new challenges and services of academic libraries: scholarly publishing and the implication on future strategies for scholars, libraries and publishers; the potential of search engine technology for digital libraries; and next generation scholarly information portals. In the excellent talks from experts from all around the world, stimulus was provided to integrate the theories and information presented and discussed into everyday practices and routine business.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 22 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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