Parents of Invention: The Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century traces the rise and fall of mini-computer-based ILS. In doing so, it offers an insider's view of the process of creation, the technical challenges, and the lasting contributions of librarians and programmers at a time when librarians and their automation needs forced computer companies to innovate. Organized around a series of interviews with computer programmers, librarians, and salespeople, the book discusses developments from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, focusing on the 1980s when both ILS and the mini-computer were dominant. It documents the time when a small group of computing vendors joined with large libraries around the world to perfect systems that automated functions such as circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, and online public access catalogs. A concluding chapter, contributed by Louise O'Neill, brings the story up to date with a discussion of current developments in library automation, including the adoption of open-source systems, open-access principles, and the Semantic Web.One of the advantages of the flat administrative hierarchies that most computer companies maintained was that certain jobs ... by their job titles but by their spheres of expertise, might find themselves in Alaska, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Bristol, Sydney, ... some companies entered into long-term leases or engaged property management companies putting up employees in suites or sublet condominiums.
|Title||:||Parents of Invention: The Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century|
|Publisher||:||ABC-CLIO - 2011-06-07|