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Library Systems Newsletter [June 1995]

The first edition of TFPL's CD-ROM Directory in 1986—a copy the contributing editor threw out only last year—listed fewer than 50 titles; the most recent edition, the eleventh (1994), includes 5,503. A significant majority of the publications on CD-ROM continue to be electronic editions of print publications, and most cost substantially more than their print equivalents, but it finally is becoming possible to envision a reference department which has a significant part of its information in computer-manipulable form. The cost of building a reference collection of all CD-ROM titles available would be a not so modest $1.5 million per year. For another $2 million a year one could add online access to almost all available online databases. Rather a compelling argument for those who believe the “virtual library” is not quite here yet.

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Publication Year:1995
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 15 Number 06
Issue:June 1995
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Subject: CD-ROM applications
Record Number:7661
Last Update:2024-05-21 12:18:49
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00