The term reprography was first introduced as “office printing.” at the First International Congress on Reprography held in Cologne, Germany in 1963. Landau defines it as the art of producing single or multiple copies of documents whether by photographic or other means.” Harrod gives a more comprehensive definition as “the reproduction in facsimile of documents of all kind by any process using light, heat or electric radiation-photocopies, microcopies, blue prints, electro copies, thermo copies, etc; also reproduction by methods of duplicating.
The development of photocopying services has helped many libraries in their efforts to provide better services to their users ensuring better access to library materials. Students have easy access to photocopying facilities, which enable them to reproduce required material from books and journals.
Photocopying is a form of making copies of books from news papers, and pamphlets and the like. The practice is a very valuable aid to the library users. Photocopying (in broader sense, any kind of machine reproduction) comes under the provisions of copyright and affects the document supply services of libraries and information centers.
Original Research Article:
- Khan, M. A. (2013). IPR in India and USA: Its impact on library services.