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You (they) may not actually be talking about the cost of the librarian's
time.  If the physician is sitting in the public (or medical) library
browsing, their time costs even more.  Actually, having physicians or
other health workers using "Do It Yourself Manuals" isn't cost effective
either.
 
 
On Fri, 30 Aug 1996, Lee Hover wrote:
 
> On Fri, 30 Aug 1996, MICHELYNN wrote:
>
> > At MLA Cliff Stoll quoted the old triangle principle -- I think the
> > three corners were "cheap", "fast" and "good".  You may be able to
> > have any two, but never all three.
> >
> > If low cost is you only goal, sitting in a public library browsing
> > print sources is possibly the cheapest means ... but for what you
> > want it is neither fast nor good.  Right?
> >
> This is not *truly* the cheapest way.  Why is it we never factor in the
> financial cost of *our time*?  Is it, perhaps, that we consider ourselves
> worthless?  Have we actually internalized, as a group, what too many
> people have as an opinion of the profession?
>
> Lee Hover
> Manager Scientific Information
> Integrated Communications Corp
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