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ERIC Number: ED019973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 44
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Reference Count: 0
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A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR A JOINT COMPUTER CENTER FOR FIVE WASHINGTON, D.C. UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES.
PARKER, RALPH
THIS STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF A JOINT COMPUTER CENTER AND TO ANALYZE THE POTENTIAL FOR SUCH A CENTER TO BECOME PART OF LONG RANGE PLANS FOR REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPUTER NETWORKS. IT WAS FOUND THAT THE BASES FOR FRUITFUL INTERLIBRARY COOPERATION WITHIN THE CONSORTIUM ALREADY EXIST, IT IS NECESSARY TO CREATE TOOLS FOR LOCATING MATERIALS, THE LIBRARY OPERATIONS ARE LARGE ENOUGH AND THERE IS SUFFICIENT DUPLICATION OF MATERIALS AMONG THE LIBRARIES TO JUSTIFY USE OF A JOINTLY OPERATED COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR RECORD KEEPING FUNCTIONS, AND NEW TECHNIQUES AND DATA SOURCES IN MACHINE READABLE FORM ARE INCREASING THE POTENTIALITIES OF COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES. FOUR ALTERNATIVES ARE PROPOSED--(1) AN APPROACH INVOLVING INDEPENDENT ACTION BY EACH LIBRARY, EXCEPT FOR CIRCULATION RECORDS, IS NOT RECOMMENDED, (2) A JOINTLY OPERATED SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE COMPUTER, TO BE OPERATED IN BATCH MODE WITH BASIC RECORDS MAINTAINED ON TAPES, IS RECOMMENDED FOR IMPLEMENTATION AT THIS TIME, (3) ALTHOUGH NOW TOO COSTLY, A SOPHISTICATED SYSTEM INVOLVING MASSIVE ON-LINE STORAGE AND USE OF REMOTE TERMINALS SHOULD FOLLOW THE ABOVE SYSTEM, AND (4) A SYSTEM INVOLVING A CENTRAL FACILITY FOR STORAGE OF LITTLE USED MATERIAL AND CAPABILITY OF FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION IS RECOMMENDED FOR RESTUDY IN ANOTHER DECADE. A LIST OF THE CONSORTIUM UNIVERSITIES IS APPENDED. THIS STUDY WAS CONDUCTED UNDER A GRANT FROM THE COUNCIL ON LIBRARY RESOURCES TO GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Consortium of Universities of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA