Library automation in the United Kingdom
According to this survey, it appears that the reasons for automation are induced by fortuitous elements such as the amalgamation of various institutions or a concern to improve an existing automated structure. The present solutions - data sharing or stand alone systems - are not really irreconcilable. The retrospective conversion has been made in an uncoordinated way. But the new access modes and contents are to play an important part. Even if we think that libraries were automated " because it was possible ", the bet should be won in the future.