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Title:From Flow Charting to User Friendly: Technical Services Functions in Retrospect
Author(s):Henderson, William T.; Henderson, Kathryn Luther
Subject(s):Human-computer interaction
User interfaces (Computer systems)
Abstract:In this presentation, the proceedings of the twenty-four preceding Clinics on Library Applications of Data Processing will be summarized to give a flavor of the issues and themes relating to technical services functions which have been denned, for purposes of this paper, as: acquisitions, serials control and management, and catalogs and cataloging. In 1963, the world was waking up to a new era of technology influencing many aspects of life. Increased technology was reported to be costing workers their jobs and causing labor unrest. Cited as evidence was the fact that on February 11, 1963, eleven electronic computers took over the jobs of the many people required to tabulate stock market figures in New York for the nationwide wires of the Associated Press (Year, 1963, p. 25). Gordon Cooper was the last of the Project Mercury astronauts to go into orbit. After a successful day and a half in space, the spacecraft's automatic controls went dead, but Cooper landed safely (p. 28). At the University of Illinois on March 2, 1963, the spaceship shaped Assembly Hall was dedicated not only did its shape reflect the times, but it was one of the first buildings in the country to make use of sophisticated computer controls (Thomas Parkinson to Rebecca Hall, WCIA, Channel 3 broadcast, Champaign, Illinois, 5 March 1988). The New International Yearbook for the Year 1963 heralded the development of thirty new commercial digital computer models, most impressive of which was the Control Data Corporation's 6600 with a central memory of 131,000 60-bit words, exceeding in speed and memory capacity all available computers. Noteworthy, too, was a new computer language, FORTRAN IV.
Issue Date:1988
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In M.A. Siegel, ed. 1988. Design and evaluation of computer/human interfaces : issues for librarians and information scientists. Papers presented at the 1988 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 27-52.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (25th : 1988)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1988.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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