Discusses the history, present state, and future, of libraries in general and the OCLC in particular. Considers the current extent of the OCLC database and how it is expected to grow further, librarians′ support of and doubts about OCLC, the governance of OCLC, and the steps OCLC must take to meet future chllenges, for example the possibility of document delivery. Concludes that OCLC and the library community are in an excellent position to build on existing systems to provide maximum information access at minimum cost.
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