ERIC Number: ED255229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
On-Line Circulation: University of Guelph Library. Report No. 8.
Beckman, Margaret; And Others
This report describes the development, design, and evaluation of an online circulation system at the University of Guelph, Ontario. A 1976 study identified the specific problems or inadequacies of the existing circulation system and specified design requirements for a new online system. This 1978 report is divided into six parts: (1) historical background; (2) inadequacies of the off-line batch-mode system including mechanical breakdown, errors, inefficient and costly use of staff, reserve desk, and study conclusions; (3) design requirements for an online circulation system including functional and philosophical requirements; (4) evaluation of alternatives and choice of a system; (5) system design including a description of the design team and philosophy, equipment, and software; (6) functions of patrons and staff in using the GEAC Library Circulation; and (7) implementaton from first semester operation, September 1977-December 1977, to final implementation, January 1978. Numerous figures display actual online system computer screens. An equipment list is appended. (THC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Library Automation, Library Circulation, Library Equipment, Library Expenditures, Library Materials, Library Planning, Library Technical Processes, Online Systems, Position Papers, Program Evaluation, Systems Development, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Guelph Univ. (Ontario). Library.
Identifiers: University of Guelph (Ontario)
Note: "A technical report describing design requirements and philosophy, file and record structure, system functions and features, hardware/software capabilities and implementation procedures." Illustrations of video terminal displays which make up more than half the document may be marginally reproducible.