ERIC Number: ED030437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the New York State Library's Pilot Program in the Facsimile Transmission of Library Materials.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
The New York State Library's pilot program in facsimile transmission of library materials (FACTS) began on January 20, 1967 and operated until March 31, 1968. The purpose of the network was to provide researchers throughout the State with rapid access to major library collections. The program included a network of fifteen libraries or "FACTS stations", seven of which had sending and receiving facilities and eight of which had receiving equipment. In order to qualify for FACTS service, patrons had to be at least 18 and the request had to be one of a "serious and urgent nature", not exceeding 12 pages of facsimile copy. This study involved (1) a technical evaluation of facsimile transmission equipment and (2) an evaluation of the service merits of FACTS network. Information on the operations of the program was gathered on data sheets (copy appended) maintained at the State Library for every request received, and interviews with staff at the FACTS stations. This report recommends that (1) the network be discontinued after March 31, 1968, and (2) State Library continue to give special attention to serious and urgent requests but within context of its NYSILL program. The report emphasizes that although it is recommended that FACTS be discontinued, the results of this experiment do not prove that a facsimile transmission network will never be feasible or desirable in the state. (Author/CC)
Descriptors: Facsimile Transmission, Feasibility Studies, Library Cooperation, Library Materials, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, Pilot Projects, Use Studies
Commerce Offset, 657 Commerce Street, Thornwood, N.Y. 10594 ($4.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Library, Albany. Div. of Library Development.
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York; New York State Library
Note: A summary of this report appears in ED 022 501.