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Automation of Pace U. Libraries Begins

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Automation of Pace U. Libraries Begins

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Automation of Pace U. Libraries Begins

Automation of Pace University's libraries has begun, according to Henry Birnbaum, University Librarian. Mr. Birnbaum announced that a contract for the purchase and installation of the Innovacq/Innopac Automated Integrated Library System has been signed. "This means that automating the Birnbaum Library on Pace's New York City campus, the Mortola Library on the Pleasantville, NY campus, and the Hayes Library and the Law Library in White Plains is about to become a reality. It represents an enormous step forward in the evolution of the Pace Libraries," Mr. Birnbaum said.

The Pace University libraries in New York and Westchester County hold some 850,000 volumes and serve the University community in the arts and sciences, business, computer science and information systems, nursing, education and law. Automation of the facilities is proceeding under the direction of Mr. Birnbaum and the University's library directors.

According to Mr. Birnbaum, automation of the libraries will result in "online" catalogs which will allow users to search for books and periodicals on computer terminals. The computers will provide a "union" catalog, Mr. Birnbaum said, offering information to the user on the availability of books not just at one library, but throughout the Pace library system. He said that rather than having to look through card catalogs, users will have instant access to information on whether books are on the shelves, on order, or in use. Barcoding the books will eliminate the need to fill out book cards when taking a book out. Transactions will be recorded with optical scanners. …

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