ERIC Number: ED274369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Library Automation: A Survey of Leading Academic and Public Libraries in the United States.
Mann, Thomas W., Jr.; And Others
Results of this survey of 26 public and academic libraries of national stature show that the country's major libraries are fully committed to automating their library operations. Major findings of the survey show that: (1) all libraries surveyed are involved in automation; (2) all libraries surveyed have automated their catalogs and bibliographic control functions, and most have automated their acquisitions and circulation systems; (3) library automation has undergone tremendous changes, notably the improvement of the turnkey systems; (4) library automation has matured to the point of using complex database systems and sophisticated computing and data communication hardware; and (5) librarians are now much more sophisticated in their knowledge of automation and of library systems. The major accomplishment of fully integrated systems is identified as the current challenge facing librarians. Survey data are represented graphically in three exhibits included within the text, and a list of participating libraries is appended. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., San Francisco, CA.