ERIC Number: ED049786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Bibliographic Automation of Large Library Operations Using a Time-Sharing System: Phase I. Final Report.
Epstein, A. H.; And Others
The first phase of an ongoing library automation project at Stanford University is described. Project BALLOTS (Bibliographic Automation of Large Library Operations Using a Time-Sharing System) seeks to automate the acquisition and cataloging functions of a large library using an on-line time-sharing computer. The main objectives are to control rising technical processing costs and at the same time to provide improved levels of service. Phase I produced a prototype system that operated in the library using typewriter terminals. Data preparation and data control units were established; regular library staff were trained in on-line input and searching. After a nine month period of operation, the entire system was evaluated. The requirements of a production library automation system were then defined. Findings are presented on shared facilities, economy and file integrity, the performance of on-line searching, terminal performance, staff and resource commitments, transferability, and the human aspects of system development. Recommendations are presented with respect to feasibility, economic factors, management, staffing, documentation, terminal equipment, and national planning. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Libraries.