1976: The Economics of Library Automation

 

13th Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (1976). Edited by J.L. Divilbiss

The Thirteenth Annual Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing was held at the Illini Union on the campus of the University of Illinois, April 25-28, 1976. The 1976 clinic had as its theme the economics of library automation, a topic of increasing importance to librarians as they cope with inflation and other financial problems. In planning the clinic we attempted to cover many different aspects of a complex and difficult area. Some of the papers deal with fairly specific library processes, such as circulation or book catalog production, while others deal with more general techniques for determining costs and benefits.

The complete text of the proceedings is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

The Proceedings of the Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • West, Martha W.; Butler, Brett (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1976)
    When first approached as a possible speaker on the subject of performance benefit measures for library automation, my immediate reaction was that there are no such measures. Considerable cogitation, consultation, and ...

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  • Veneziano, Velma; Aagaard, James S. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1976)
    The question we will consider in this paper is whether, at the end of a decade of effort to harness computers to the needs of libraries, it is economically feasible and operationally practical for an individual library ...

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  • Thorson, A. Robert (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1976)
    The title of this presentation is listed in the official program as "The Economics of Automated Circulation." A more accurate title might be "The Economics of Automated Circulation the OSU Experience."Theadded subtitle ...

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  • Ross, Ryburn M. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1976)
    This paper has several purposes: (1) to determine the relationship of automation costs of technical services in a large research library to the total library resource allocations; (2) to describe Cornell University ...

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  • Price, Douglas S. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1976)
    To avoid any aura of misrepresentation, let me remind you at the outset that I am not a librarian. My background is in information systems, and when I discuss specifics of cost analysis a bit later, most of the examples ...

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