This book is the final report of a two-year research project sponsored by the Council on Library Resources. It offers a thorough discussion of the potentialities and limitations of computers for library applications. In a highly readable style, the author first presents a general treatment of the whole library system as it may be in the future. The computer at once demonstrates its usefulness as a device for ease of transmission of knowledge, for speed, and for allowing independence of work. A summary of the project's research on the use of computers in specialized library functions is included in the second half of the book.
For students of library science and librarians, the book will mark a turning point in the expansion of their profession. It is likely that this book will be mandatory reading for library science classes everywhere.