The background and operation of UPDATE, a program to control the loan of about 3000 items per year from the library of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Foulness are described. New loans, extensions, and deletions are entered online at a teletype operating in conversational mode and records are stored in Aldermaston MultiAccess Configuration AMAC files on the IBM 370165 at Aldermaston. Recall notices for overdue items are printed on the teletype on demand, as well as telephone action lists of very overdue material. Waiting lists of borrowers can be maintained. An archival catalogue file is used to record deleted loans so as to reduce key boarding. Borrowers' reactions to the system and the number of operator manhours required are analysed. One of the main advantages is the increased effectiveness of recall procedures.
Program: electronic library and information systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1974
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