ERIC Number: ED324020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Resource Sharing in an Electronic Age: Past, Present, and Future.
Librarians' work has become more challenging and complex over the past 15 years. Fifteen years ago, the telephone was a librarian's most used and most effective instrument, and librarians mostly relied on the resources within their own walls. In that era, resource sharing placed substantial burdens on larger libraries, and the resources of smaller libraries were not adequately realized or utilized. Now, the growing coverage of machine-readable files has meant that resource sharing has the potential to be a more evenhanded burden, since librarians have a better grasp of the multiple locations of materials that would have remained unknown in the past. In the near future, technologies--e.g., electrocopying--will create new conceptions of resources and methods of information accession, and librarians must master those techniques to best serve their patrons. In the meantime, the success of resource sharing pivots on academic, public, school, and special librarians' willingness to work together and cooperate. If it is necessary to look outside their own collection, librarians must ascertain whether the patron wants the information quickly (and expensively) by fax machine or more slowly (and less expensively) by interlibrary loan. (4 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Catholic Libraries Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, March 27-30, 1989).