Michael Cooper

Professor Emeritus


Design, evaluation, and cost analysis of information retrieval and library automation systems. Modeling and usage pattern analysis of Web-based information systems.


Recent research includes analysis of usage patterns of Web-based information retrieval systems, analysis of electronic document management systems, cost tradeoff's in the use of electronic vs. paper copies of journals, mathematical models of user behavior with office information systems, analysis of the costs of storage of library materials, and economic trends in academic libraries. My monograph on the Design of Library Automation Systems combines a conceptual approach to developing catalogs, circulation systems, acquisitions systems, and serials control systems with software that lets the reader understand the concepts by building on the software tools I have developed.

Last updated:

February 16, 2019