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Is Library Automation Producing a New Kind of Manager?

Computer-based technology has become a fact of life, spawned both by the impressive increases in the performance, reliability, and memory capacity of silicon chips and by the dramatic decline in the cost of computing. The library world has embraced this new tech­ nology more successfully than many other fields, and most libraries today are using some automated product or service. In 1988, 95% of ARL institutions reported using one or more of the bibliographic utilities for cataloging and 79% had operational online catalogs.1 The installation of automated systems continues at a healthy pace, with vendors reporting 55% and 16% increases during 1987 and 1988, respectively.2