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Title:A Realistic Blue Sky System
Author(s):Davis, Joyce N.
Subject(s):Machine-readable bibliographic data
Database management
Libraries --Data processing
Abstract:This particular conference has a long history of providing the opportunity for librarians to join together in their troubles/concerns. In this spirit, the author would like to share, if not her troubles, at least some concerns. My first experience with computers was in 1974 when, on the second day of employment, my new boss said, "Oh, by the way, that thing sitting in the middle of the cataloging department is our new CLSI computerized circulation system. It was delivered last week. It will be your responsibility to load the data and get the system up and running." I had to learn fast, and have been learning ever since; in the process, I have become somewhat of an expert on the relative merits of various database management systems, or at least qualified to discuss what you may want and/or need a system to do. It is important to have computer people around to help evaluate the technical aspects of the hardware and system software. They may also be needed to run the system once it has been selected. But, in the final analysis, if the applications programs do not support the activities of your library and do what you want done, it really doesn't matter if you have a Cray supercomputer with the latest operating and database management systems or a Brand X microcomputer from a mail order house.
Issue Date:1989
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In C.H. Davis, ed. 1989. Database management--how much power is enough? : issues for librarians and information scientists. Papers presented at the 1989 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 30-39.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (26th : 1989)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1989.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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