Computer methods in public libraries

W.R. Maidment (Borough Librarian, Camden)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 1 February 1968


The technical problems involved in automation are probably less difficult than the management and organisational adjustments. From the librarian's point of view the equipment needed is likely to be designed and perfected by a few pioneers and advice in choosing between systems will be available. The assimilation of new processes into the routine of a large library, however, must be a librarian's task, since only he can decide the relative importance of the various aspects to the ultimate function of the library. Unfortunately, most librarians have been conditioned by their experience of manual methods of working and will find it extremely difficult to differentiate clearly between the essential objective and the time‐hallowed means of achieving it.


Maidment, W. (1968), "Computer methods in public libraries", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 1-6.

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