Economics of Computerized Library Networks

  • Frederick G. Kilgour
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


Except for the introduction of the photocopying machine, there have been no significant developments in library operations for nearly a century. Libraries are highly labour-intensive organizations, with salaries and wages constituting between 50 to 60 per cent of their expenditures. Because of a lack of increase in productivity of library staffs, the per-unit rate of rise of costs in academic libraries in the United States averaged six per cent per year in the two decades following 1950, whereas, during the same period, the wholesale price index rose about one per cent per year.


American System Academic Library Wholesale Price Index Catalogue Card Library Staff 
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© International Economic Association 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick G. Kilgour
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  1. 1.Ohio College Library CenterUSA

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