I am one of those who recall a microfiche projector surrounded by excited librarians. I was in the old library, the machine had just been installed. I was wandering through the card index, trying to find a book on Offa's Dyke by someone who's name I might be able to recall were I blessed with an eidetic memory.
Interesting to know that in the United States it has been estimated that to find eight thousand engineers to guide two hundred thousand assembly workers through the ordeals of producing a new technical device, would probably require a harmonious nine months. In China, it took fifteen days.