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An analysis of cost factors in maintaining and updating card catalogs

Journal of library automation [December 1969]

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Copyright (c) 1969 Information Science and Automation Division

Abstract: This study enumerates and compares costs of manual and computerized catalogs. The difficulties of making comparative cost studies are examined. The report concentrates on the problems of cost element definition and on the reporting of as many comparable sources as possible. Results of cost studies are presented in the form of tables that show comparative costs of cataloging, card processing, conversion, and manual and computerized processing. There are also tables on card catalog costs. Conclusions are that costs of manual and automated methods are essentially the same for short entries, and that there is a substantial economic advantage for automated methods in full entries.


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Publication Year:1969
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of library automation
Publication Info:Volume 2 Number 4
Issue:December 1969
Page(s):218-241
Publisher:Information Science and Automation Division
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:0022-2240
Record Number:1995
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00