Library tries Muzak. Muzak is played in the building on
a trial basis: on for 15 min. and off for 15 min.
(1950). Music in the library. Library Journal, 75, p. 937.
WFPL-FM has its first broadcast on February 18, 1950. Louisville Free
Public Library becomes the first public library to own and operate a radio
Johnson, J.R. (1950). Louisville’s Radio Station is First of Its
Kind. Library Journal, 75, p. 1203.
Boston Public Library becomes the first public library in New England
to have an Audiovisual Department.
(2002). First Facts: Guides to the Library. Boston Public Library
[On-line]. Available: http://www.bpl.org
On September 1, 1950, the Denver Public Library launched its Drive-up
Book Return so patrons could return books without having to park.
(1951). Denver Public Library’s users hail easy return of books.
Library Journal, 76, pp. 545-546.
the beginning of the Books-on-Demand program, the UMI library contains
a collection of out of print books that can be reproduced on demand.
September 1959 the first formal course anywhere dealing with ISR was held
at UCLA. The 2-week workshop was developed and taught by two ISR pioneers,
Joseph Becker and Robert M. Hayes (1926- ). Becker was then the head of
the CIA Library (a library whose funding, resources, and degree of automation
were the envy of many librarians in the 1950s and 1960s). His Project
WALNUT has already been mentioned. After retiring from the CIA, Becker
spent many years as an ISR consultant. Hayes was then the head of a research
project for Magnavox Corporation aimed at developing magnetic cards whose
density was remarkably high for the time, and whose purpose was to provide
an easily sortable store of text and/or numeric information. Hayes later
served on the faculty, and as the Dean, of the UCLA Graduate School of
Library and Information Science.
School of Information - The University of Texas At Ausitn, available