Library support through automation: the California State University and Colleges plan for library automation
Journal of library automation
Kountz, John C
Copyright (c) 1975 Information Science and Automation Division
Abstract: The nineteen campuses of the California State University and Colleges (CSUC) are spread across a distance equal to that between Maine and North Carolina. The extreme distances between the individual campuses and the enormity of the student population served, one quarter million FTE, lead to a variety of problem types and levels for library automation. It is within this context that a systemwide approach using standardized equipment, procedures, and techniques for library automation is being developed and coordinated for the California State University and Colleges. As a result of over two years'' planning, specifications, schedules, and budgets have evolved for a ten-year program leading to a total system of library automation for the nineteen libraries. In this article, software, hardware, procedural, and operational components of the CSUC systemwide approach to library automation are reviewed with specific emphasis on the time periods involved, the phasing of implementation, and finally, the costs and benefits anticipated from this project.