Circulation Systems Past and Present

  • Maurice J. Freedman


A review of the development of circulation systems shows two areas of change. The librarian's perception of circulation control has shifted from a broad service orientation to a narrow record-keeping approach and recently back again. The technological development of circulation sys-tems has evolved from manual systems to the online systems of today. The trade-offs and deficiencies of earlier systems in relation to the comprehensive services made possible by the online computer are detailed.

How to Cite
Freedman, M. J. (1981). Circulation Systems Past and Present. Information Technology and Libraries, 14(4), 278-285.