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This report is concerned with the use of optical discs in European libraries. Several issues relating to potential use are examined, including library skills, the suitability of library materials, handling and storage, joint ventures and benefits and constraints. As well as leading to the development of a typology of library requirements for the categorisation and definition of library materials and services, scanners, encoding methods, optical disc storage media and access and retrieval software and methods were surveyed. Key features differentiating the types of products are analysed and related to the typology, and the standards applicable in each technology are examined. Five potential scenarios are described with recommendations for the appropriate technology types included for each. Finally, conclusions are presented, with recommendations for action relating to initiatives to increase awareness, monitor technology developments, establish standards, work on copyright issues and facilitate resource sharing.

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Authors: FRESKO M, CEC Bruxelles (BE);BRINDLEY L, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14506 EN (1992) 281 pp.
Availability: Bowker-Saur, 60 Grosvenor Street, London W1X 9DA (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 1-85739-002-4
Record Number: 199310420 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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