Summary: This book is intended as a guide for those people who have been charged with establishing a library or information service in their organisation. It is a practical guide to the steps that need to be taken, the people that will need to be dealt with and the procedures that will have to be adopted in order to bring the venture to a successful conclusion. The book contains many practical tips and hints from the author, based upon his 'hands-on', practical experience of setting up many new information services. Key Features: It deals with the whole process - from start to finish Is based on sound principles that have worked in practice Is easy to follow as a step-by-step guide Is of value to both professional librarians and non-professional staff working in the field The Author: He has developed libraries in various government departments, colleges and other organisation such as the Human Rights Commission. Kirby Porter is currently employed as Principal Librarian for the Northern IrelandCivil Service and Head of Library Services for the Northern Assembly; he is responsible for managing the Government Library Service and advising Government departments. Readership: The book is aimed at all librarians and informational professionals, and non-librarians responsible for library collections. Those individuals involved in library organisation and information management will also find it to be key reading. Contents: Introduction - aims of the book, audience Why create a library service, purpose First steps - finding out about customers, involving customers Information audit, finding out about what you have got, finding out about what the customer needs Organising information,classification standard, cataloguing standards, copyright Planning and implementation, library lay
USING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING INFORMATION, 9E is a non-debit/credit text known for its strong decision-making focus and its incorporation of flagship companies for increased relevance. This text provides the appropriate blend of academic rigor with step-by-step learning and decision-making models that reach today's students and equip them with the skills they need to be effective decision makers and future business leaders. Instead of an abstract approach to accounting, USING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING INFORMATION takes students through recognizable focus companies and their specific financial data and business strategies, imparting students with real-life experience and a model to hone the skills necessary to making important decisions. This edition features three key models that provide students with a more structured approach to understanding financial data and explains how it is used to make sound business decisions. The Transaction Analysis Model helps students see the effects an economic event has on the accounting equation and financial statements, the Financial Decision Framework focuses on ratio analysis and financial decisions, and the Ethical Decision Model helps students use ethical judgment when applying accounting principles. USING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING INFORMATION, 9E will help students learn and understand core accounting rules. It also will give them a framework through which they can apply their knowledge to make effective business decisions.
Ultrasound technology is enabling anesthesiologists to perform regional anesthetic procedures with greater confidence in accuracy and precision. With improvements in visualizing neural anatomy and needle movement, ultrasound guidance improves patient safety and operating room efficiency. This book offers a detailed, stepwise approach to this technique, identifying pearls and pitfalls to ensure success. Chapters are organized into four sections. The first section provides the basic principles behind ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, setting a strong context for the rest of the book. The last three cover the nerve blocks: upper limb, lower limb, and trunk and spine. Each nerve block is comprehensively explained, divided up by introduction, anatomy, clinical applications, technique, alternate techniques, complications, and pearls. This book provides authoritative, in-depth coverage of ultrasound guided regional anesthesia for the anesthesiologist beginning to use ultrasound and makes a great reference for the more seasoned.
This volume of Information System Development, Towards a Service Provision Society is the published proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2008) that was hosted by the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus at the Annabelle Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus from August 25-27, 2008. The theme of the conference was "Towards a Service Provision Society."
In total, 131 delegates from 34 different countries registered for the conference, making it a truly international event. Papers presented at the conference strongly reflected the conference theme. Of 165 papers submitted, 99 were presented at the conference, representing an acceptance rate of approximately 60%. All papers were peer reviewed by three or four referees (a total of 543 review reports were submitted, corresponding to an average of 3.29 reviews per paper).
Over the course of three days, 28 paper sessions were held, covering a range of areas such as: "Information Systems Engineering & Management," "Business Systems Analysis & Design," "Intelligent Information Systems," "Agile and High-Speed Systems Development Methods," "Enterprise Systems Development & Adoption," "Public Information Systems Development," "Information Systems Development Education," "Information Systems Development in Developing Nations," "Legal and Administrative Aspects of Information Systems Development," "Information Systems Research Methodologies," "Service-Oriented Analysis and Design of Information Systems," "IT Service Management," "Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Information Systems Development," "Model-driven Engineering in ISD," "Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in Information Systems Development." The book is organised by order of the conference sessions.
While all the presented papers were of high quality, we have selected two of them to share the Best Paper Award. The first one is: "Modeling the contribution of enterprise architecture practice to the achievement of business goals" by Marlies van Steenbergen & Sjaak Brinkkemper. The second one is: "Why cana (TM)t we bet on ISD Outcomes?: ISD "Form" as a Predictor of Success" by Mike Newman, Shan L Pan & Gary Pan. Furthermore, to acknowledge the quality of the reviews he completed, the quality of the paper he submitted, his role as a track and session chair, and his general participation in the conference, we have awarded an Ovreall Contribution Award to Michael Lang of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Details of these awards can be found on the conference Web site at http: //isd2008.cs.ucy.ac.cy.
Our gratitude is extended firstly to all those who attended and authored work for the conference. The contribution of the International Program Committee was invaluable in identifying track chairs and reviewers to commit to doing vital work. While volunteering to host a conference is a highly personal undertaking, without support it would be impossible. Thus, we wish to thank our sponsors for their financial support and other aid.
The ISD conference community has developed over the years a real sense of collegiality and friendliness, perhaps unusually so for a conference. At the same time it has been a stimulating forum where a free exchange of views and perspectives is encouraged. Perhaps what brings the community together is a belief that the process of systems development is important; whether it is systematic or structured or improvised or spontaneous, there is something about the process and the outcomes that excites us. We form a spectrum of thought from those who see the activity as somewhat scientific to others that see it as wholly sociological; we span a divide between abstract and conceptual, to hard code and artefacts a " somewhere in-between lies the truth. If our work is to make a meaningful contribution to both practice (by teaching students) and research (by sharing our experiences and studies with others), then hopefully this conference will have done a little of the former and much for the latter.