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CLSI Unix implementations lag

Library Systems Newsletter [October 1989]

As of mid-September, 1969, a score of libraries which had contracted for new UNIX-based library systems from CLSI a year or more ago were still waiting for satisfactory completion of their installations. Among the problems have been non-performance and poor performance of the bibliographic utility interface (4-5 minutes for the transfer of a single record) non-functioning of the data base editing terminals, faulty interprocessor communication, and slow tape loading. Despite the long hours put in by CLSI field personnel, the situation appears to be improving at a glacial pace. As early as May of this year, the editors were told that all of the problems had been resolved. These assurances were repeated regularly-- while the libraries continued to have problems. Clearly, CLSI--and those of us who cheered its move away from a proprietary operating system to UNIX--seriously underestimated the difficulty of migrating the product to a new operating system.

Despite the problems encountered by recent customers, CLSI has just announced four new sales of Altos UNIX-based systems to the Delaware County (Ohio) District Library, Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Virginia), Lutheran General Hospital (Illinois) Library, and the Mid-Hudson (New York) Library System.

Libraries which contract with CLSI should be prepared for delays of several months, and may want to build remedies against delays into their contracts.

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Publication Year:1989
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 9 Number 10
Issue:October 1989
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss and Judy McQueen Contributing Editors
Company: CLSI
Products: LIBS 100
Libraries: Delaware County (OH) District Library
Mary Riley Styles Public Library
Lutheran General Hospital
Record Number:4656
Last Update:2024-05-27 00:13:10
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00