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Automated circulation implemented in Business School library

STANFORD -- The Stanford University Graduate School of Business will celebrate the automation of public services in the Jackson Library with a reception Monday, March 8, to introduce CARL, the new online circulation module.

This milestone in Jackson Library public service was achieved in partnership with the Lane Medical Library, the primary user of the CARL (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries) integrated system at Stanford, according to Robert Mayer, public services director at Jackson Library.

With CARL in place, he said, Jackson Library users can now check out the most heavily used books as quickly and easily as a laser scanner can read a set of barcodes.

CARL was the culmination of many years of automation planning. The creation of GSB Information Resources, through the merger of GSB Computing Services and the Jackson Library in April 1991, made the new initiatives possible, Mayer said. Under a strategic plan developed by Jackson staff and library users, a number of steps were taken to achieve the long-term goal of library automation.

In October 1991, Socrates (Stanford's online catalog) was declared Jackson Library's official online public access catalog for all material cataloged after 1977, and the traditional card catalog was closed. At the same time, Jackson made a commitment to fully automated circulation and began comparing two systems being used in other Stanford libraries. CARL was chosen by Jackson Library management as the system that would best meet the specific needs of the business library.

On Aug. 27, 1992, an agreement was reached between Peter Stangl, director of the Lane Medical Library, and Paul Johnson, associate dean for administration at the Business School, on the use of CARL software between Lane and Jackson. Staff members Suzanne Sweeney at Jackson and Dick Miller and Randy Woelful at Lane began developing plans to proceed toward database creation, barcoding and full implementation.

Following the complete implementation of automated circulation, Mayer said, the Jackson Library, while still maintaining Socrates as its official public access catalog, may examine the possibility of adding additional automated modules in the CARL system.



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