Downsizing is the concept of utilising low cost equipment (often IBM PCs or compatibles) for applications that previously required relatively large and expensive computers. At Lancaster University Library, we have, over the last few years, developed an “integrated” library system that has been purpose‐built for our requirements. We have used the Pick Operating System, and automated our systems, starting with Acquisitions and moving to Cataloguing, OPAC, and so on. Along the way, we have included inter‐library loans, slides, serials and other associated systems.
Richardson, I.S. (1991), "Circulation system development at Lancaster University Library: experiments with downsizing and fault tolerance", VINE, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 8-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb040462
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