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A Brief History of Library Automation

Date Submitted: 05/01/2004 15:17:50
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An automated library is one where a computer system is used to manage one or several of the library's key functions such as acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, circulation and the public access catalog. When exploring the history of library automation, it is possible to return to past centuries when visionaries well before the computer age created devices to assist with their book lending systems. Even as far back as 1588, the invention of the French 'Book …

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…flourish. Bibliography Bush, V. (1945).As we may think. Atlantic Monthly. 176(1), 101-8. Duval, B.K. & Main, L. (1992). Automated Library Systems: A Librarians Guide and Teaching Manual. London: Meckler Nelson, N.M., (Ed.) (1990). Library Technology 1970-1990: Shaping the Library of the Future. Research Contributions from the 1990 Computers in Libraries Conference. London: Meckler. Pitkin, G.M. (Ed.) (1991). The Evolution of Library Automation: Management Issues and Future Perspectives. London: Meckler. Title: A Brief History of Library Automation: 1930-1996

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