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Metta Lansdale <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 1 Mar 1996 09:22:45 -0500
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Who needs a library when we have the internet?
Even if you were able to construct such a thing, given all the money, time
and equipment you could require for such a project, who would maintain the
resource once it was set up and you have retired?  Do they really think
you can set it on automatic pilot and it will go in the right direction
like some kind of perpetual motion machine?  Maybe hire a 'technician' to
keep things oiled up?
My sympathies to you and your unsuspecting clientele.
On Thu, 29 Feb 1996, Lois Clark wrote:
> Has anyone had any experience with a totally electronic library, i.e., full text online journals,
> core book collection online?  We are a 300 bed community medical center, no medical teaching
> programs, in an urban area with three large hospitals within a 5 mile radius.  I have been
> instructed to design such a library which would replace the full service library I have managed
> for 25 years.  Bottom line again.  I am retiring so this does not directly affect me in terms of
> downsizing my position which at  present is 1 FTE (me) and some volunteers.  Any comments
> from anyone with experience of this kind of library - pro or con - would be appreciated.
> -------------------------------------
> Name: Lois Clark
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
> Date: 08/01/95
> Time: 14:02:40
> For the general practitioner a well-used library is one of the few correctives of the premature
> senility which is so apt to overtake him.
>                                                                      Sir William Osler
> -------------------------------------
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