Circulation control: off-line, on-line, or hybrid
Journal of library automation
Buckland, Michael K~Gallivan, Bernard
Copyright (c) 1972 Information Science and Automation Division
Abstract: The requirements of a computer-aided circulation system are described. The characteristics of off-line systems are reviewed in the light of these requirements. On-line systems are then reviewed and their economic viability queried. A "hybrid" system (involving a dedicated mini-computer in the library, used in conjunction with a larger machine) appears to be more cost-effective than conventional on-line working.