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Setting up general purpose CD‐ROM Workstations

Robert L. Bolin (Reference librarian at the University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 April 1991



Libraries need to provide general purpose CD‐ROM workstations to make the large numbers of publications distributed on CD‐ROM disks available to the public. Setting up and maintaining those workstations can be greatly simplified by standardizing the hardware and software used on all workstation PCs; by organizing software on the hard disk using subdirectories; and by using utility programs, DOS batch files, and a shell program. Organization of the search software for the numerous Bureau of the Census CD‐ROM disks is used as an example. The article is intended for users of IBM‐compatible PCs. While the general principles should be readily understandable to anyone, a knowledge of DOS is required for a thorough understanding of the article. The shell program PreCursor and the hypertext program PC‐Browse are discussed.


Bolin, R.L. (1991), "Setting up general purpose CD‐ROM Workstations", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 53-62.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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