Computers in service to libraries of the future: library requirements

  • W. N. Locke
  • Published 1969 in AFIPS Spring Joint Computing Conference


An outstanding computer engineer recently compared libraries to the whaling industry, a relic of the romantic past. As whales disappeared, so will books, he said. We should stop building libraries, store all information on tape and retrieve it through consoles. 
DOI: 10.1145/1476793.1476809