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 on‐line at a teletype operating in conversational mode and records are stored in Aldermaston Multi‐Access Configuration (AMAC) files on the IBM 370/165 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 man‐hours required are analysed. One of the main advantages is the increased effectiveness of recall procedures.
Eunson, B. (1974), "UPDATE—An On‐line Loans Control System in Use in a Small Research Library", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 88-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb046702Download as .RIS
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