ERIC Number: ED092138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Wired Public Library; Who Needs It? What Will It Cost? Who Will Pay For It?
Atlantic City Free Public Library, NJ.
A cooperative study, sponsored by Atlantic City and Cape May County, New Jersey, investigated the prospects for extending library services throughout the seashore resort/rural areas with the use of cable television. A review of the evolution of cable TV, CATV, two-way television and the interactive cable concluded that the equipment and technology is available now but is very costly. Many examples of various combinations of telephone and CATV usage were found to be in experimental stages. A survey was mailed to the local area, Atlantic City. The results indicated a relatively high interest in library services but not sufficient to override the consensus of national leaders who feel that the market for this complex and expensive technology has not yet developed. It was recommended that local libraries make use of existing CATV channels as they are granted and develop the "consumer research" needed to justify the expense of the more elaborate and complete two-way systems. (WH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Library, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Atlantic City Free Public Library, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey