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Software for Patron Use in Libraries: Physical Access

By Marylouise Brady, Ilenee Rockman and David B. Walch


PHYSICALACCESS ISSUES IN providing patron-use software are not limited to circulation. Providing hardware in the library rather than simply circulating these items creates a number of other issues to consider. The working relationships between libraries and computing centers must be addressed as circulation policies and procedures are developed. Alternatives to circulating floppies include the use of hard disk technologies and local area networks (LANs). Freeware, shareware, and site licenses are cost-effective ways of making certain types of software available. Security issues include the danger of viruses and other potential disasters. Examples from academic, public, and school libraries reflect different approaches for providing physical access to software

Year: 2011
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