ERIC Number: ED026074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
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Telefacsimile Communication With the Xerox Magnavox Telecopier in Reference and Interlibrary Loans: A Report of a Three-Month Experimental Demonstration Conducted by the South Carolina State Library Board.
Busha, Charles H.; Landrum, John H.
In an attempt to find a suitable system for reducing the time span in handling referred information and interlibrary loan requests from public libraries in South Carolina, the State Library Board conducted a three-month experimental demonstration with the Xerox Magnavox Telecopier, a telefacsimile communication device. The demonstration, financed with funds from Title III of the Library Services and Construction Act, involved a triangular link-up among the State Library Board, the Charleston County Library and the Greenville County Library. It is concluded that the quality of the telefacsimile communication was excellent, and no difficulties were encountered with the operation of the machine. The excessive cost for maintaining and using the Telecopier network, however, makes it prohibitive for use in the present system in South Carolina, and it is noted that commercial telephone communication would suffice for handling urgent requests for books and information. The relatively infrequent use made by the two county libraries of the Telecopier during the actual on-the-job experimental demonstration renders the maintenance of this telefacsimile communication system impractical at the present time in South Carolina's statewide referral system. Appendixes include the operating policy, evaluation sheet, operation steps, and information on length of transmission and materials transmitted. (Author/JB)
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Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Library Board, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina