ERIC Number: ED186033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting End-User Charges for On-Line Bibliographic Information Retrieval Services in Public Libraries.
Oulton, A. J.
This essay presents an outline of the elements that need to be considered with regard to the question of end-user fees for online information retrieval services in British public libraries. The points are culled from many sources, including the experience of the United States, talks with online workers, and, in particular, discussions in the Working Party of the Bibliographical Information Retrieval Online Service (BIROS) Project. Factors addressed are political influences, the value of information and online services, the legal position of free public libraries, types of costs and charges, and discriminatory charges and implications of charging. Examples of the policy and practice of libraries in the British Library Research and Development Department's projects are given. (FM)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Fees, Foreign Countries, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Systems, Online Systems, Opinions, Public Libraries
Learned Information, Ltd., Besserleigh Road, Abingdon, Oxford OX13 6EF, England (50.00 British pounds).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: Paper presented at the International Online Information Meeting (3rd, London, England, December 4-6, 1979).