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Title:The LIBS 100 System
Author(s):Beaumont, Dennis N.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Minicomputers --Library applications
LIBS 100
Abstract:Libraries in the 1970s find themselves facing major challenges in terms of a need and desire to increase and broaden services in a period of fiscal restriction. Demand for the tax dollar to support social programs as well as demands placed on other governmental and quasi-governmental sources of revenue require the library to fight not only for budget increases but even to maintain its present level of funds. At the same time, costs for material and personnel are steadily increasing. In order to balance expenses within the budget, libraries must review the allocation of personnel, particularly those used for behind-the-scenes activities. They must question the need for the methods used and the results achieved by many of the functions which have been performed over the years. Among the activities requiring repetitive clerical tasks are the routines for acquisition of materials, and those required to maintain records of circulation. Automatic information processing systems can help the library conserve its scarce human resources and assist in freeing financial resources for uses other than maintenance of costly behind-the-scenes recordkeeping. This in turn allows the library to broaden and extend its services to the community within the current operating budget.
Issue Date:1974
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Applications of minicomputers to library and related problems : papers presented at the 1974 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 28-May 1, 1974, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 55-79.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (11th : 1974)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1974.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-12

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