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Title:Administrative and economic considerations for library automation
Author(s):Chapin, Richard E.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Library automation --Economic aspects
Abstract:This paper might well be entitled Profile of Decision, for it is concerned with the decisions relating to the introduction of automation in a library. Indeed, several hard decisions are necessary before a library becomes involved with automation. A recent article in Library Journal pointed out that one of our Australian colleagues feels that we talk more about automation than make decisions to initiate programs. Perhaps he is right: the decisions do not come easily. The easiest decision for an administrator to make is not to automate; after all, the traditional methods have worked for years. We are all aware that some of our most able library administrators have carefully avoided automation. Whether their decisions are right or wrong is immaterial, but it is the easy decision and it is a single decision. The decision to automate comes only after a long series of other decisions in regard to specific problems.
Issue Date:1967
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Carroll, Dewey E., ed. 1967. Proceedings of the Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 55-69.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (5rd : 1967)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Copyright 1967 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-05-29

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