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The computer-based book order system at the University of Michigan Library: A review and evaluation

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Title: The computer-based book order system at the University of Michigan Library: A review and evaluation
Author(s): Thomson, James W.; Muller, Robert H.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Acquisitions (Libraries)
Abstract: In 1963, Connie Dunlap, then Head of the Acquisition Department of the University of Michigan Library, began thinking about pursuing an alternative approach to the existing manual book-ordering system. This interest was prompted by a concern that the prospect of a rapidly increasing book budget would create many more orders than the present system had accommodated up to that time. It was anticipated that the additional orders would necessitate an increase in personnel and in the floor space to house them, and would also require more floor space for an expanded outstanding order file on 3-by 5-inch cards. As it was not anticipated that additional space would be readily available, Mrs. Dunlap's interest in the possibility of computer applications to library problems led her to request that a feasibility study be undertaken to determine if an automated system could be designed that would not require an ever-increasing number of people and space to handle the increased order load. The Director of the Library agreed that acquisitions was a logical starting point for the library's automation effort and that the problem warranted attention.
Issue Date: 1968
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Carroll, D.E.(ed). 1968 Proceedings of the Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 54-78.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (6th : 1968)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/830
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Copyright 1968 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-06-07
 

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