Mechanization in libraries and information retrieval: punched cards and microfilm before the widespread adoption of computer technology in libraries

  title={Mechanization in libraries and information retrieval: punched cards and microfilm before the widespread adoption of computer technology in libraries},
  author={Alistair Black},
  journal={Library History},
  pages={291 - 299}
  • Alistair Black
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Computer Science
  • Library History
Abstract In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries a range of important new technologies of information emerged in response to the growth and increasing complexity of organizations and their operations. One such technology was the punched-card machine, a direct forerunner of the computer in terms of the information management function in organizations. Punched-card technology first appeared in libraries in the 1930s, in the United States; and was taken up by libraries in the United… 
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