ERIC Number: ED022501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The New York State Library's Pilot Program in the Facsimile Transmission of Library Materials, a Summary Report.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
The purpose of the FACTS Program was to demonstrate whether or not facsimile transmission is technically and economically feasible for improving interlibary loan service by providing rapid access (24 to 48 hours) to major library collections. FACTS was in operation from January 20, 1967 to March 31, 1968 and included 15 library stations, 7 capable of sending and receiving and 8 capable of receiving facsimile transmission. This document summarizes data and material in two earlier reports, both of which recommended that FACTS be discontinued because of the poor quality in facsimile copy, low volume of requests, indication that the present staff could not handle higher volumes of requests, lack of demand for the service, varying efficiency in the network's stages and inadequacy of local collections. It is concluded that, although facsimile transmission may be used in the future when technological and system difficulties have been eliminated, the New York State Library should experiment with special delivery service for "urgent requests." (CC)
Descriptors: Facsimile Transmission, Feasibility Studies, Information Dissemination, Interlibrary Loans, Libraries, Library Cooperation, Library Services, Reference Services
Commerce Offset, 657 Commerce Street, Thornwood, New York 10594 ($4.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York; New York State Library