Image from page 319 of "Bell telephone magazine" (1922)
Title: Bell telephone magazine
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raries are becomingmore important in schools, and the pressure on themincreases. As new techniques are employed to makelibraries go further, sharing the new media on as widea basis as possible also comes in for consideration.Access to audio tapes, as well as teletypewriter trans-mission of book and article reprints over the existinginformation network is being adopted on a wide scaleby college, public and specialized library systems. At the University of Virginia Library, for instance,a teletypewriter works in conjunction with a com-puter to provide immediate reference by other col-lege libraries in Virginia. And in Maryland andIndiana, local public libraries are connected togetherby communications facilities to increase the average4,000-volume small librarys resources to about fourmillion volumes that are available throughout thestate. In the area of specialized libraries, the NationalLibrary of Medicine is using a computer to speedpublication of its index of medical articles used by
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all medical schools throughout the country. On the national scale, EDUCOM—formally knownas Interuniversity Communications Council—is work-ing toward the goal of a nationwide library system.An organization of 62 institutions, EDUCOM believesthat an electronic multimedia information networkultimately must make material in many forms almostinstantly available to scholars wherever on thecontinent they may be. In all these cases, the communications facilitiesinvolved can be used in many ways, such as arrangingfor inter-library loans of books, films and other mate-rials; confirming research efforts; helping to findalternate sources for needed material; and speedingup orders for photo duplicating. Microfilm and the newer microfiches and micro-images enable libraries to house much data in tinyspace. The latter, for example, can shrink a 1,245-pageBible into a 2-inch square. Beyond the kind of facilities envisioned lies whatMichel Beilis of AT&T calls the eventual multi-media informati
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