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Title:The economics of book catalog production
Author(s):Freedman, Maurice J.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Libraries --Economics
Library science --Data processing
Library catalog
Abstract:In the Proceedings of the 1966 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing appeared the article "Computer Applications to Book Catalogs and Library Systems." In that article, Donald Stromberg writes, "Advancements in technology will make [book catalog] service economical on a wide basis." Today, I speak of the book catalog not as a tool of the future coming into being, but of its path to aphelion and its return to Coventry. Book catalogs were on the scene prior to the appearance of card catalogs, and we now see two major expressions of bibliographic information pushing the printed book catalog out of the important position it played in the 1960s and early 1970s. First, the book catalog-like medium, the microform catalog, is currently forcing the printed catalog out of libraries, and some observers are even predicting that the microform catalog, or, more precisely, the Computer Output Microfilm (COM) catalog, will completely replace the printed catalog within the next few years. Second, the on-line catalog as a tool for the library user (as distinct from the library staff) will have a heavy impact on the continued use of book catalogs as the on-line terminal is moved out of the back room and into the public service areas.
Issue Date:1976
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In The economics of library automation : papers presented at the 1976 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 25-28, 1976, ed. J.L. Divilbiss. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 107-121.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (13th : 1976)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-30

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