ERIC Number: ED035432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-27
Reference Count: 0
The Cost of Maintaining and Updating Library Card Catalogs. Final Report.
Dolby, J. L.; And Others
The main problem considered in this project is whether it will be possible for civilization to cope with the increasing quantities of archival information that must be stored in libraries, and if so, whether traditional methods of identification and access will prove adequate to the task. It is concluded that unless the storage, transmission, and retrieval of information in library archives is automated, there is no hope of keeping pace with the exponential growth of libraries. Part I explores the problem of determining the relationship of library growth to the growth of those components of civilization that support and use libraries. Part II analyzes cost factors in maintaining and updating card catalogs. It was found that simple situations do not require automation, but that complex ones, which appear unavoidable for most large libraries, demand automation on economic as well as on access grounds. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: R and D Consultants Co., Los Altos, CA.
Note: A related document is ED 022 517.