Crystal gazing into the future
Journal of library automation
Copyright (c) 1978 Library Information and Technology Association
Abstract: A study of the use of library materials suggests a rational for placing greater emphasis on an "access" philosophy of providing library service, as opposed to a "local holdings" philosophy. There is a need to explore the cost-effectiveness of obtaining access to materials through networks. There are many configurations of such networks, offering a wide variety of services. Modeling and simulation are suggested as tools for computing economic break-even points for performing library functions in alternative network environments.