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How Will Libraries Pay for Electronic Information?

WithKenneth J. Bierman

Library automation, the application of computer and communication technologies to traditional library processes and services, is well established in most publicly funded libraries. Internal automated library systems have been developed over the past quarter century to help libraries perform their traditional routine tasks (primarily acquiring, cataloging, and circulating materials) more effectively and efficiently. These online local library systems also provide information to users about the resources located at that library, and to the extent they are linked with other local library systems, knowledge about the resources located at other libraries. These systems support the day-to-day operations of libraries. They have relatively high initial purchase prices with predictable on-going operational costs.