Bell Laboratories' library real-time loan system (BELLREL)
Journal of library automation
Kennedy, R A
Copyright (c) 1968 Information Science and Automation Division
Abstract: Bell Telephone Laboratories has established an on-line circulation system linking two terminals in each of its three largest libraries to a central computer. Objectives include improved service through computer pooling of collections, immediate reporting on publication availability or a borrower''s record, automatic reserve follow-up; reduced labor; and increased management information. Loans, returns, reserves and many queries are handled in real time. Input may be keyboard only or combined with card reading, to handle all publications with borrower present or absent. BELLREL is now being used for some 1500 transactions per day.