We came across this recently in the 1959 Canadian Law List: The Law Library of the Future!
Let’s compare the concerns of 1959 with 2012: Economy (the new tech costs less), Space saving (we all have better uses for space), Convenience (a.k.a. ease of access, dare I say on your desktop?), No binding costs or problems (a thing of the past), No bookshelves (see space). Does this sound familiar?
I do note that this new technology wasn’t cheap. Using the Bank of Canada inflation calculator: The SCRs that cost $118 in 1959 would cost $941.69 in 2012; this represents a 698% change. Similarly the viewer which cost $195 in 1959 would cost $1556.18. I thought technology was supposed to make information cheaper?