Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-1974

Abstract

Library automation requires significant adjustments in attitudes and procedures to work effectively. When Northwestern University Library made a commitment to develop computer support of the entire technical processing system, a chain of basic decisions was necessary, each with an individual impact on staff outlook and system productivity. Key decisions involved reassessing manual operations prior to automation; defining resources-human and financial; determining on-line and batch processing requirements, hardware usage, and necessary modifications; considering essential staff reorganization and retraining; and assuring communication. These decisions, the resulting online interactive system, and its impact are described.

Recommended Citation

Horny, Karen. "Automation of Technical Services: Northwestern's Experience." (1974).

DOI for the article

https://dx.doi.org/10.5860/crl_35_05_364

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