Prototyping a microcomputer-based online library catalog

Susan S Lazinger, Peretz Shoval

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Abstract

In this work an attempt will be made to examine and evaluate the application of prototyping methodology in the design of a microcomputer-based online library catalog. The methodology for carrying out this research will involve a five-part examination of the problem on both the theoretical and applied levels, each of which will be covered in a separate section as follows:
1. A discussion of the standard life cycle in information systems development as defined in the literature of systems development and, particularly, of library systems development.
2. A definition of prototyping as perceived in some of the more recent literature of systems development.
3. Presentation of the two distinct types of prototyping in use in software engineering with accompanying discussion of how development according to each of these types differs from the standard development cycle.
4. Presentation of the model of prototyping roles and how it differs from the models of roles for standard development cycles.
5. Adaptation of the model of prototyping roles to the specific configuration in the presence of which prototyping is suggested as a design methodology for a microcomputer-based online library catalog.
6. Analysis of the use of prototyping methodology in the design of a microcomputer-based catalog in the Library of the Graduate Library School of Hebrew University-i.e., a case study of the application of the model.
7. An evaluation of prototyping as a viable systems-development methodology for libraries.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)3-47
JournalOccasional papers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate School of Library and Information Science); no. 177
Issue number177
StatePublished - 1987

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