Accession Number:

ADP003101

Title:

Automated Document Request and Delivery System in the United Kingdom,

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Corporate Author:

BRITISH LIBRARY LENDING DIV BOSTON SPA (ENGLAND)

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Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

There are already in use in the UK a variety of methods for the telecommunication of requests through direct terminal-to-computer and computer-to-computer links or via information retrieval database systems. These are decribed with particular reference to the British Library Lending Divisions Automated Request Transmission ART services. Possible extensions of these services are also outlined. A rapid document delivery service based on facsimile transmission between British Library sites has been in operation for some time, and the results of a pilot service to international users employing more advanced equipment are reported. The increasing provision of satellite links and developments in digital optical recording DOR discs and electronic publishing are stimulating the planning of more revolutionary electronic document delivery systems. Factors affecting the provision of such services are discussed as a prelude to a review of a number of UK and European initiatives. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE