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Title:The Ohio State on-line circulation system
Author(s):Atkinson, Hugh C.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Online data processing
Libraries --Circulation
Abstract:To simply expand the staff and the concomitant files and checkout desks seemed to be both inappropriate and unlikely to receive funding from the University budget authority. Furthermore, due to inflation, the costs of personnel were rising at an enormous rate. The libraries therefore decided to design an automated circulation system in order to recapture some of the lost circulation and to provide a system which would be expandable in the future at minimal cost. As the requirements for the system were designed it became clear that the system should be one which would speak to the problems of its users rather than simply the problems of the library. The most common user complaint arose from attempts to borrow materials from the library only to discover that the materials were either not owned by the library or were checked out. Another common complaint was that to locate a spectrum of materials on such a large campus and in a library situation which was fairly decentralized was a frustrating and time-consuming operation; a trip from the main library where the union catalog (wherein all the books on the campus are listed) is located, to another library would often prove fruitless since the materials were either checked out or the patron had gone to the wrong library.
Issue Date:1972
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Applications of on-line computers to library problems : papers presented at the 1972 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 30-May 3, 1972, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 22-28.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (9th : 1972)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-08

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