Chemical Literature, Volume 17, Number 1, Spring 1965 Page: 5
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In the first chapter, Bourne succinctly states
the nature of the problems besetting libraries and
librarians with regard to storage and retrieval of
all types of information. He closes the chapter
with a definition of the purposes of the book -- to
describe hardware and techniques used in information
There are a number of worthwhile aspects of
Bourne's book that bear discussion; his cost analyses,
for instance, reveal the fact that computerized
retrieval is quite expensive unless it is done
on a multiple-search basis with a number of inquiries
being combined to share the expense engendered
in machine operations. Bourne' s analyses along
this line have already caused this reviewer to drastically
review and revise his own operations in data
retrievals. Some computer organizations may have
rather cleverly covered up the cost angles by simply
not revealing them until the user is committed to a
Chapters deal with classification and indexing,
coding, machine-languages, manual card systems, on
to computerized systems and machines, including
various microfilm and visual retrieval methods. Two
indexes and a set of excellent illustrations enhance
the usefullness and clarity of the text. Each chapter
is well-authenticated by a thorough listing of
"additional references," and throughout the book the
text is well footnoted.
*Although this is a review of a book already more
than a year old, we thought this enthusiastic review
merited publication. E.H.C.
Bourne discusses at length some of the very
serious limitations to electronic data processing
technology as it applies to information retrieval
and the careful reader will undoubtedly begin to
question the advisability of using this new technology
in specific applications. This is as it should
be, as the glamour of computers has led to many
errors of concept and of application. On the other
hand., there are equally valid uses to which this
technology can be put. Bourne gives one the necessary
insight to make an intelligent beginning in
choosing the specific type of technique or machinery
for specific objectives.
Since this book was written, a number of new machines
have appeared on the market -- to the extent
that these machines have appeared, Bourne is out of
date on details, but his central thesis remains timely
and valuable, and this book will still be valuable
ten to twenty years hence, although by that
time his examples may seem archaic and unsophisticated.
We can hope that the author can be prevailed
upon to revise and update his chapters from time to
time. James D. McLean, Jr., Director, McLean Paleontological
Laboratory, Alexandria, Virginia.
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