ERIC Number: ED112913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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Providing the Public with Online Access to Large Bibliographic Data Bases.
Firschein, Oscar; Summit, Roger K.
DIALOG, an interactive, computer-based information retrieval language, consists of a series of computer programs designed to make use of direct access memory devices in order to provide the user with a rapid means of identifying records within a specific memory bank. Using the system, a library user can be provided access to sixteen distinct and extensive data banks. Examining four San Francisco Bay Area public libraries, a study, DIALIB, was conducted in an effort to answer the following question: Will the computerized search be wholly adopted by the public library, will there arise a private search service, or will a system of limited public access develop? The first year of the study shows that the library's capacity to do in-depth research in diverse fields has been expanded, especially in libraries that do not have a large reference collection. The computer search has also shown to be more cost effective than the manual search. The first year of the study has shown that the public is interested; the second year will attempt to discern whether the public is willing to pay for those services. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Information.
Authoring Institution: N/A