Parents of Invention: The Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century

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This fascinating tale of the rise and fall of mini-computer-based integrated library systems (ILS) offers both an explanation of the technical workings-still being used daily-and a historical investigation. * Interviews with CEOs of libraries and computer companies, programmers, librarians, and library directors from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States * References to published material and memoranda and recourse to actual programming code and output from systems of the period * Photographs of computer machine rooms depicting mini-computer equipment described in the text * A glossary of acronyms, abbreviations, and special terms used in library automation * A bibliography of articles and monographs on historical and current aspects of library automation