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Fiction selection: an AI at work?

MacLennan, Alan



Considers the historical dimension of the treatment of fiction in libraries and concludes that, if fiction is regarded as a resource, library users are entitled to enhanced access to it. Notes that enhancing access to fiction is widely regarded in the profession as unacceptably labour-intensive, but suggests that readers are favourably impressed by an expert system which requires relatively little input effort on the part of the library staff. Describes the idea of a user profile and its restricted implementation in a prototype system. Describes plans for further development of the prototype system.


MACLENNAN, A. 1996. Fiction selection: an AI at work? New library world [online], 97(2), pages 24-32. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 1996
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 1996
Publication Date Apr 1, 1996
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2008
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2008
Journal New library world
Print ISSN 0307-4803
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 97
Issue 2
Pages 24-32
Keywords Expert systems; Library systems; AI; Fiction selection
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