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The Public Library as an Information Dissemination Center: An Experiment in Information Retrieval Services for the General Public

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Title: The Public Library as an Information Dissemination Center: An Experiment in Information Retrieval Services for the General Public
Author(s): Summit, Roger K.
Contributor(s): Drew, Sally J.
Subject(s): Reference services (Libraries) --Automation Database searching Online bibliographic searching Information retrieval Public Libraries Information Dissemination Information Services
Abstract: A decade ago, on-line access to large bibliographic data bases was restricted to large governmental organizations that had the financial assets needed to prepare large data bases and to access them in an efficient manner. As a result of reduced computer and communications costs, this access broadened to industrial users and to universities over the past several years' and now, finally, an experiment is being conducted which brings such access directly to the public through the public library system. If the use of on-line services for reference retrieval is to continue to grow, the next potential user group is the general public who, in fact, paid for much of the creation of these data bases through taxes. It is appropriate that an attempt be made to allow the general public to benefit from the vast research and development expenditures of the 1960s through convenient computer access to these files of bibliographic material. The first part of this paper summarizes the experi- ment to date; the second part provides individualized insight into its operation through the eyes of one of the participating librarians in the study.
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In The use of computers in literature searching and related reference activities in libraries : papers presented at the 1975 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 27-30, 1975, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 91-102.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (12th : 1975)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/924
ISBN: 0-87845-043-2
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-06-13
 

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