Here is a timely book that expertly addresses the current impact of automation on the profession of librarianship in terms of its practitioners, standards, and underlying philosophy. In clear and understandable language, author T. D. Webb focuses his discussion--with practical examples--on the important decision of the location of the computer--at the library site or a remote automation center. Designed to be a practical guide to host computer location, this articulate book also addresses the broad professional issues of library automation.
Table of Contents
- Library Automation: The New Shamanism
- Computers and Their Risks
- Remote Host or In-House?
- The Phoenix Public Library: Introduction to the Case Study
- The Joseph F. Smith Library: Introduction to the Case Study
- Analysis of the Case Studies: Host Location and “Decision Layers”
- The Professional Issues: Conclusions and Recommendations