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Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1969 April; 57(2): 116–124.
PMCID: PMC197372

Time-Shared Computing Implications for Medical Libraries *

Charles J. Austin, Director of Computer Services and, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, and Comprehensive Health Care


Many library data processing systems are unresponsive to the needs of librarians because of the necessity to batch-process transactions in a computer center. Such systems tend to be reportoriented rather than information-oriented with resultant problems in the timeliness of information. Time-shared computing permits multiple users to process jobs simultaneously through on-line interaction with the computer. Such systems offer to the librarian the advantages of immediate access to information, costs shared with other users, and direct man-machine interaction. This tutorial paper describes time-shared systems with applications in the library. Problems concerning the cost and present state-of-the-art of time-sharing are discussed.

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