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The CD-ROM Market in Canadian Libraries.

The CD-ROM Market in Canadian Libraries, by David Fox. Meckler, 1990. 61p., paper. $19.95. This short volume bears the subtitle, Report of a Survey for the Canadian Library Association CDROM Interest Group, and is published in cooperation with the Canadian Library Association. This 1990 survey of 1,281 Canadian libraries updates a previous study from 1988.

The volume gives detailed survey results question by question, comparing answers with those from 1988. A concluding summary shows that approximately 30 percent of Canadian libraries now own CD-ROM systems and that the market is increasing at an annual rate of 5 to 6 percent and shows no signs of levelling off.

It is estimated that Canadian libraries will spend about $6 million in the next year on CD-ROM products. Presently the libraries own more than 200 different CD-ROM titles, but (not surprisingly) the twenty most popular products account for more than half of the installations. The major deterrent to implementation of CD-ROM is the cost of the CDROM products and hardware.

European Library Networks, ed. by Karl Wilhelm Neubauer and Esther R. Dyer. Ablex, 1990. 435p. $75. The nineteen papers in this volume give an overview of library networks, primarily computer-based, in eleven different countries. Wolfgang Binder furnishes an introductory overview article on European library networks, and the papers that follow concentrate on networks in Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden. Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, and Britain. Germany and Britain are each represented by several papers that deal with regional or specialized networks in those nations.

Janet Mitchell is the author of a paper on OCLC Europe and its systems and services. A 100-page bibliography, arranged by subject and covering all nations of the world, follows the papers. Author and subject indexes conclude the volume. Re editors hint at the problems in getting the volume published: papers prepared in authors' original languages, translated, and then sent back to authors for their approval. They have updated the information to the end of 1989 and acknowledge that, with die rapidity of technical change, much of the data will be primarily of historical value. Even so, this book provides an excellent tool for reference and information on the use of technology in many nations. The bibliography itself is a major achievement. The $75 price is for institutions; individuals may purchase the volume for $42.50.

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Author:Johnson, Richard
Publication:Computers in Libraries
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1991
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