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Title:Electronic data processing applications to technical processing and circulation activities in a technical library
Author(s):Griffin, Hillis L.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Special libraries
Abstract:The National Reactor Testing Station Technical Library, like many other special and research libraries, constantly strives to provide the highest level of service to its users. In support of this objective, the technical processing and circulation activities of the library must be prepared to fill user requests promptly and to anticipate user requirements. One way to meet these standards might be through the addition of more clerical personnel handling an increased load of book purchasing, journal subscription and renewal activities, frequent recall of overdue materials in circulation, and timely announcement of new books and journals which are added to the collection. In 1958 the NRTS Technical Library decided instead to explore the benefits which electronic data processing procedures might bring to the library operation. Since that time new procedures utilizing punched cards have been implemented in the acquisitions, accounting, cataloging, and circulation activities of the library. This paper will describe applications which have been used successfully at the National Reactor Testing Station Technical Library near Idaho Falls, Idaho. This library, located at the Station fifty miles west of Idaho Falls, is operated for the United States Atomic Energy Commission by Phillips Petroleum Company's Atomic Energy Division, to serve the literature needs of several hundred scientists, engineers, and other technical personnel employed by the Atomic Energy Commission and its contractors at the NRTS. Now twelve years old, the library is staffed by three professional librarians, three group leaders, and thirteen staff members. Its collections include approximately 15,000 volumes, 350,000 technical reports, and 800 journal titles.
Issue Date:1963
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Goldhor, H. (ed) (1963) Proceedings of the Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: pp. 96-108.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (1st : 1963)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Exempt from US Copyright
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-05-21

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