ERIC Number: ED341407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Fax for Library Services. ERIC Digest.
Spitzer, Kathleen L.
This digest discusses how libraries of all types are using the facsimile (or "fax") machine to meet users' information needs. A definition of facsimile technology includes the components of a fax machine, the four types of fax machines, and the recent development of the "fax board," which allows a computer to transmit information to other fax machines or computers with fax boards. A brief history of the use of facsimile in libraries is then given and it is noted that libraries predominantly use this technology to speed interlibrary loan materials and requests. Also described is the current use of the fax to form combinations of academic, public, school, and special libraries to share information resources. A number of factors to be considered before implementing a fax service are listed, including questions that relate to both general and interlibrary loan usage policies. The digest concludes with descriptions of various features of facsimile machines that libraries might consider before selecting equipment for purchase. (13 references) (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Facsimile Transmission, Higher Education, Interlibrary Loans, Learning Resources Centers, Library Networks, Library Services, Public Libraries, Research Libraries, Shared Library Resources, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests