ERIC Number: ED221163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-10
Reference Count: 0
No More Free Lunch: Commercial Fee-Based Information Services--Past, Present and Future.
Wright, A. J.
This discussion of nongovernmental public- and private-sector fee-based information services in the changing library, social, and technological environment includes descriptions of the relationships between libraries and commercial firms, types of fee-based information services, and the services provided by commercial information vendors. Brief histories of corporate and free-lance information services are also presented, with emphasis on the kinds of services made available by the individual free-lance information broker and the large-scale information firm. Concluding the report is a consideration of future trends and issues which will affect fee-based information services of all types. The changing role of information in society, the growth of the information industry, and increasing competition for a share of the information market are among the topics addressed. A 52-item reference list and a 26-item supplemental bibliography accompany the text. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Information Industry; Information Utility