ERIC Number: ED104370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Delivery of Computer-Based Bibliographic Search Services by Academic and Research Libraries.
Gardner, Jeffrey J.; And Others
ARL Management Supplement, v2 n2 Sep74
A survey of 9 machine-readable data base processing centers was carried out under a National Science Foundation grant by the Northeast Academic Science Information Center. The basic issues considered were: the appropriate role of the library in the processing of computer-based searches; the effect of this form of bibliographic access on traditional library services; the costs to the library of providing these services; the means of paying these costs; the special staff skills needed to provide these services; the relative advantages of off-line and on-line services; and the implications for the library of avoiding the issue altogether. The survey results indicate that after an initial period of uncertainty, computer-based bibliographic searching has become a viable and effective research tool for increasing numbers of library users. Academic and research libraries have recognized the potential value of these services, but they have also recognized the add-on nature of these activities and the new pressures these activities apply to relatively static human and financial resources. (Author/PF)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Computer Oriented Programs, Costs, Databases, Delivery Systems, Fees, Information Centers, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Library Expenditures, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, Online Systems, Personnel Needs, Research Libraries, Training
Association or Research Libraries, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Univ. Library Management Studies.