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Journal cover: Electronic Library, The

Electronic Library, The

ISSN: 0264-0473

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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The end of libraries


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Title:The end of libraries
Author(s):James Thompson, (The author is the University Librarian at the University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 2AE, England.)
Citation:James Thompson, (1983) "The end of libraries", Electronic Library, The, Vol. 1 Iss: 4, pp.245 - 255
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb044603 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:In terms of size, arrangement and catalogues, the conventional library has reached an organisational and financial impasse. Coincidentally there has emerged a pre-emptive new technology for the storage, handling and transmission of information, potentially better suited to the convenience of users. Libraries may disappear like the dinosaurs; or they may, by returning to first principles, be able to adapt and successfully survive.


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