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Title:On-line technology in a library network
Author(s):Pizer, Irwin H.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Online data processing
Abstract:The advantages of computers in libraries, although not a supposition which one can afford to accept blindly, are as real as the advantages gained from the other pieces of mechanical equipment which have become everyday tools for accomplishing libraries' objectives. A major difference, however, is that a library's investment in computers, attendant staff, supplies, etc., is so much greater in terms of time, money, and energy, and in general commitment to examine minutely the operations the computer is to perform, that the comparison with other machines seems less valid. It is not a crisis if a system planned around a tape-operated typewriter does not work and one is forced to return to a more traditional method. The situations are similar in that it is not necessarily the technology at fault, but perhaps the technique. One might call the problem "The fault, dear Brutus, . . . syndrome."
Issue Date:1972
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Applications of on-line computers to library problems : papers presented at the 1972 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 30-May 3, 1972, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 54-68.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (9th : 1972)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-10

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