Library Technology Timeline

From Clay Tablets, to Scriptoriums, to OPACs:
A chronology of the first use of a technology in a library

     
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1990
1990 "Cornell University and Xerox joined forced to develop a scanning workstation that could be used to produce preservation quality printer facsimilies as a means for addressing the nation's brittle books crisis."

Source: Kenney, A., & Chapman, S. (1996). Digital imaging for libraries and archives. Ithaca, N.Y. : Dept. of Preservation and Conservation, Cornell University Library.


1991
Gopher protocol is developed at the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Source: (15 October, 1994). GOPHER IT! Library Journal, 119(17 ).


1992
Reference librarians make use of an electronic listserv called Stumpers - "devoted to finding the answers to sticky reference questions." It was developed in 1992 by Anne Feeny, a library student.

Source: Olson, R. (October, 1994). STUMPED REFERENCE LIBRARIANS FIND HELP ON THE INTERNET. American Libraries, 25 (9).


1999
Wireless was introduced in Public Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas (probably not the first library it was used in but maybe useful at dating wifi environment to pre- 2000).

It is a group of seven products used together to identify, track, and secure library materials. An entire 3M system is comprised of self-check systems, staff workstations, digital library assistants (hand-held devices that perform inventory functions), security strips, detection systems, book drop and sorting systems, and digital identification tags.Unvieled in 1999 and Implemented in The National University of Singapore (NUS) in June 2001.

Source: http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/jan00/cilab6.htm.


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