ERIC Number: ED226752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computerisation in Book Circulation Systems. The Need for Computerisation and a Survey of Automated Circulation Systems.
van der Greft, Theo
Automated circulation systems in libraries for the blind are described in this report of research conducted by the Subcommittee on Computerised Booklending of the Round Table on Libraries for the Blind (RTLB) of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Responses to the RTLB questionnaire from 12 libraries in 9 countries are presented, including statistics on library users, holdings, loans, and personnel, as well as information on the main functions of circulation systems in libraries for the blind. A brief discussion of the need for automated circulation systems is followed by a description of four such systems in the U.S.S.R., Australia, and the Netherlands. Additional information on 13 automated systems planned or in use in the United States is summarized from "Automated Circulation Systems Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped," by Judith Wanger and others from Cuadra Associates. Functional descriptions of all 17 systems are provided, as well as lists of required hardware and documentation sources. Systems are classified as fully online, semi-online, or batch, and a further distinction is made for systems used solely in libraries for the blind, extensions of public library systems, and systems running on a central site computer. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Library Users; Netherlands; United States; USSR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations (Leipzig, East Germany, August 1981).