Parents of Invention: The Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century

Parents of Invention: The Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century

by Christopher Brown-Syed
     
 

This fascinating tale of the rise and fall of mini-computer-based integrated library systems (ILS) offers both an explanation of the technical workings—still being used daily—and a historical investigation.

• Interviews with CEOs of libraries and computer companies, programmers, librarians, and library directors from Australia, Canada, the United

Overview

This fascinating tale of the rise and fall of mini-computer-based integrated library systems (ILS) offers both an explanation of the technical workings—still being used daily—and a historical investigation.

• Interviews with CEOs of libraries and computer companies, programmers, librarians, and library directors from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States

• References to published material and memoranda and recourse to actual programming code and output from systems of the period

• Photographs of computer machine rooms depicting mini-computer equipment described in the text

• A glossary of acronyms, abbreviations, and special terms used in library automation

• A bibliography of articles and monographs on historical and current aspects of library automation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591587927
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

The late Christopher Brown-Syed was editor of the journal Library & Archival Security; and taught at Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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