29 Years Of Library Automation

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  • 29 Years Of Library Automation

    1. 1. 29 Years of Library Automation
    2. 2. The 1970s
    3. 6. <ul><li>Huntington Beach Central Library </li></ul><ul><li>Ground breaking October 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>Dedication April 5, 1975 </li></ul>
    4. 7. <ul><li>But meanwhile, in 1974, the Library selected a “Library Automation System” </li></ul><ul><li>This would automate tracking: </li></ul><ul><li>Patron records </li></ul><ul><li>Book records </li></ul><ul><li>Checkouts, fines and overdues </li></ul>
    5. 9. <ul><li>26 kilobytes of memory </li></ul><ul><li>A “hard disk” for storage </li></ul><ul><li>As small as an industrial washing machine– and as quiet! </li></ul>
    6. 10. PDP 11/44 PDP 11/73
    7. 11. 1983 – Online Patron Catalog In 1992 – upgrade to an IBM RS/6000
    8. 12. 1999 – hbpl.org
    9. 13. 2000 – 2001 – Library Network
    10. 14. 2001 – Web Catalog added
    11. 17. 2002 – hbpl.org 2.0!
    12. 23. <ul><li>Our technical services computer staff is responsible for: </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200 personal computers </li></ul><ul><li>40 “thin client” public terminals </li></ul><ul><li>Network, web and database servers </li></ul><ul><li>Fiber optic backbone </li></ul><ul><li>Local and wide area networks </li></ul><ul><li>Library database with 400,000 books, 180,000 patrons. </li></ul><ul><li>System tracks 1.2 million circulations per year </li></ul>
    13. 25. Library Technology Plan <ul><li>Guide to management </li></ul><ul><li>Status reports on past and current projects </li></ul><ul><li>Projections of future projects– and their cost </li></ul><ul><li>Uses simple, easy to understand terms </li></ul>
    14. 27. 2002 - Library Intranet
    15. 47. Advantages of an Intranet <ul><li>“One stop” for information </li></ul><ul><li>Post once instead of distribute many times </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to change </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t be lost (if system is up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Search function (ours is coming soon) </li></ul>
    16. 48. hbpl.org

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